UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos may not have left UFC 155 with the divisional belt around his waist but “Cigano” certainly showed the heart of a champion over a five-round rumble with Cain Velasquez. Velasquez got the better of Dos Santos a number of times, nearly putting him away in the second frame, and left the affable Brazilian bruised and battered by the end of things.
Dos Santos recently addressed the loss – his first in the UFC – where he gave credit to Velasquez for being the superior competitor, critiqued his own performance, and let the world know they certainly haven’t seen the last of him.
“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. 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.”
“I want a rematch now, soon. I won the first one and he got a rematch. Now I lost and I want my rematch. I’m saying I want this fight. I’ll get my belt back.”
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