Junior Dos Santos: If Cain Velasquez Stands ‘He’s Going to Get Knocked Out Again’
STUDIO MMA, RIVERSIDE, CA – Last November at the first FOX event, UFC on FOX 1, Junior dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez to capture the UFC heavyweight title. Immediately after the 64 second finish, dos Santos revealed a knee injury that almost put the fight in jeopardy.
With the recent array of fighters pulling out of high profile bouts due to injuries, dos Santos spoke more about the injury he sustained days prior to his first meeting with Velasquez. (Via MMAFighting.com)
When I hurt my knee 10 days before the fight, I was very worried,” dos Santos said. “I’m not shy to say, but I cried. I was two days walking with crutches, and that was very tough for me. But then I started to do my physical therapy, and my knee came around again.
When I beat Roy Nelson, I had my chance to fight for the title. Then something happened with Cain. I stayed waiting for him for one year. I asked for another fight and they put me on ‘TUF.’ I fought Shane Carwin and that was very dangerous.” Dos Santos holds up his fists. “Everyone knows he has bombs, right? After I took that Carwin fight and won, nothing was going to keep me out of my fight with Cain.
Dos Santos on why more fighters have been pulling out with injuries:
I think they’re training very hard because now, everybody knows everything. You can’t surprise the guy by wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai. Everybody is very well prepared for the fight.
Now, Dos Santos prepares to make his second title defense against Velasquez, in a rematch at UFC 155. Both are coming off stoppage victories at UFC 146. Dos Santos scored a second round TKO over Frank Mir and Velasquez bludgeoned Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva with ground ‘n’ pound en route to a first round TKO.
While it has been highly reported that dos Santos wanted Alistair Overeem, he does feel Velasquez earned a rematch.
I think considering me as the first heavyweight in the world, I think Cain is the second one for sure, at this time. I want to fight with the best fighters in the world; Cain Velasquez for sure will give me his best. I love to knock out people; I would love to do it again. He is pretty good on his feet, but, if he accepts to fight standing with me again he’s going to get knocked out again.
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