When UFC 166: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos III was over with, UFC President Dana White said that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos was too tough for his own good. White explained that he felt the bout should have been stopped in the third round and that if he was in Dos Santos’ he would have thrown in the towel. In a recent interview, Dos Santos’ BJJ coach Yuri Carlton talks about the bout and how they never once considered throwing in the towel.
Carlton told MMAFighting:
“To be honest, I never considered throwing in the towel. If something like that ever happens, Luiz Carlos Dorea (boxing coach) would be the one to decide. I was hoping for the knockout all the time. In the fifth round, ‘Cigano’ went for that choke. Anything can happen. We see a guy lose the whole fight and then win in the last round. It happens all the time. We’re not impressed by blood or anything like that, neither is ‘Cigano’. He always fights for the win, no matter what.
“He always tries that submission in the gym, and he submits a lot of sparring partners here with it. He went for it automatically. Cain Velasquez rolled to defend and ‘Cigano’ felt with his face on the ground and couldn’t fight anymore. But even if he didn’t hit his head on the ground he wouldn’t win anyway, it wouldn’t change the fight. He was already beat. We hoped he could land a good punch even if he was completely tired, but it didn’t happen.”
“After the second round, he was fighting in the autopilot mode but he didn’t tell me he thought he lost in the second round. But that’s normal. Sometimes you go out with a punch or a good elbow but keep fighting automatically. That’s normal.”
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