Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos lost his first bout in the Octagon when he lost his title to current Champion Cain Velasquez. In a recent interview Dos Santos discussed how hard he took the loss, and what he thinks he will have to change now that he is fighting Mark Hunt instead of Alistair Overeem. Dos Santos also assured fans that the title was still his number one goal and not a rematch with Velasquez.
He told MMAWeekly:
“The first four days after the fight was a depressing time. It was tough. I was really, really sad. Because the thing is, I didn’t fight. I don’t care if the other guy is better than me and he wins because he did very well and I performed very well. But in that fight, I didn’t fight. Cain Velasquez did very well, but I didn’t fight, so I was very sad. After some time, I began to think about some things and I learned a lot.”
”When I watched the fight, I didn’t know I was out in the first round. I don’t remember that punch. When I watched the fight and saw that punch, I realized everything changed after that. It was almost like automatic reactions after that, just defending myself.”
On Mark Hunt:
“I think I learned a lot from that fight. I always try to see the positive in everything. I was fighting hard and I think I’m pretty tough doing that (lasting five rounds), even if I got beat.”
On Rematch with Velasquez:
“The title is more important than Velasquez rematch. The title is the objective of everybody, I think; for sure it’s my objective.”
UFC 160: Velasquez Vs Bigfoot II takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between current Champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. The two fought as potential contenders at UFC 146, but it was Velasquez who won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.