Only a few days removed from a disappointing defeat to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 sending him to the hospital, former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has assured fans he’ll be back in the near future despite the damage he took in the tilt. He also made it clear he is out to earn another crack at Velasquez as soon as possible to prove he’s far better than what he showed this past Saturday night.
“He was better and deserved the win. But I used the wrong strategy. I was too worried about his takedowns and didn’t protect my face, so he hit me,” offered Dos Santos to SporTV when asked to assess his performance. “When the fight was on the ground, I should have used my jiu-jitsu more – I trained it so much. But I just tried to get back up and it didn’t help me. But on the ground he is very good, very strong. I didn’t really connect with any good punches. It was disappointing, because I was feeling good, had an awesome training camp, everything was right. But that’s how fighting is.”
After receiving some serious bumps and bruises from the bout with Velasquez, “Cigano” will need some time off to heal up. However, when he does eventually climb back into the cage Dos Santos is hoping he’ll only need to score a single victory in order to get his hands on Velasquez a third time.
“I want a rematch now, soon. I won the first one and he got a rematch. Now I lost and I want my rematch,” pled Dos Santos. “I’m saying I want this fight. I’ll get my belt back.”
Dos Santos knocked Velasquez out in 64 seconds when the two first faced off a little more than a year ago. His loss to the powerful, precise grappler at UFC 155 snapped a ten-fight run for Dos Santos and was his first stumble inside the Octagon.
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