For fans of UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos, last month’s match-up with Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 was undoubtedly a painful experience to watch. Dos Santos was never able to truly attack Velasquez, going on the defensive for most of the bout en route to a one-sided Unanimous Decision loss.
Dos Santos recently offered up an assessment of the performance to Brazilian outlet Nagradedo MMA where he said he had trouble focusing on his foe due to some personal problems affecting his mental approach.
“I watched and tried to understand what happened. Velasquez did his game very well – he imposed his tactics, but I did not react. I was there, but mentally it seemed I was not. Things that had happened in the fight that was normal to me, that in training at the gym I respond very well, but there could not.”
“I followed him and I just defended myself, no longer did anything. I was strong in all my other fights, was always attacking and going forward, but this time I just walked back and defended myself, no longer did anything. I reviewed the fight and realized these things happening, seeing the opportunities I had to make some other move and did not. It really was very frustrating.”
“I had some personal things going on, a bit of my attention was lacking because of it.”
“I want Cain. I won the first, he did a good job in the second. I think the third fight has to happen. He is the champion and I want to fight him. I know there are people in the queue, Bigfoot and Overeem are. If I have to meet someone before that rematch with Velasquez, I’ll cope. But what I really want is Cain now.”
SOURCE: Nagradedo MMA
PHOTO CREDIT: UFC