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Junior dos Santos: Roy Nelson “tougher” than originally expected

Fans surprised by Roy Nelson’s overall durability against the power and precision of Junior dos Santos’ hands this past Saturday night weren’t the only ones who walked away impressed. As it turns out, Nelson’s performance also caught the eye of his UFC 117 opponent.

Dos Santos addressed his in-ring adversary’s showing in an interview with shortly after being taken to, and ultimately winning in unanimous fashion, the first decision of his career.

“Some guys told me about…he is tough…tough guy…but my thoughts about him now, he’s a bit tougher than I think before.”

When asked for his opinion on Nelson’s ability to absorb damage and keep going, the hard-hitting 25-year old replied, “It’s unbelievable. He’s got great defense too, and…it was a nice fight.”

However, “Cigano” was a bit more hesitant to reply when asked for a prediction on who he felt he would be fighting in the UFC heavyweight title-bout he earned with the win over Nelson – current champ Brock Lesnar or top contender Cain Velasquez.

“I don’t know. It doesn’t matter who is going to be my opponent…Brock against Cain is gonna be a good fight, and…I think…I don’t know who is gonna win.”

Dos Santos is 12-1 overall and 6-0 inside the Octagon. He has finished five of the six opponents he’s faced including notable performances in wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, and Fabricio Werdum.

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