Junior dos Santos: I will come back stronger than ever

Now former UFC Heavyweight champion, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, discussed his disappointing loss to Cain Velasquez at last weekend’s UFC 155, and what’s next for him inside the Octagon. Looking pretty banged-up, dos Santos declared he will come back stronger than ever.

UFC President Dana White stated in one of his post-card interview that it might take some time before we see dos Santos fighting again. Cigano is expected to take some time off in order to re-group and find his way back into the title shot picture. Many fans and experts suggest that the Brazilian should get an immediate rematch, while others suggest that the identity of the next #1 contender will be determined on February 2nd, when Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva square off at UFC 156, which will take place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The other times (in fights) I got my hands hurt during the fight, all the time. This time I got my face hurt, my hands, I’m feeling 100-percent. My face has a little swelling, it’s for sure because I lost. I think Cain Velasquez did an excellent job so congratulations to him. He followed a good strategy.

I’m going to go back home, I’m going to fix everything, and put everything in the right place. I’m going to come back stronger than ever.”


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    Brian Cox

    January 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I have no doubt. He's a heck of an athlete. Hats off to CV though, it was a dominant victory over a great fighter.

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    January 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I hope this is true! Such a monster fighter and one of the best guys in sport period!

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    January 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    It's okay, Dos, everyone loses at some point and I, without a doubt, believe that you'll be back stronger than ever. I'm sure you just learned a valuable lesson from that fight. Although you'll never admit this to anyone, the idea of shutting Overeem up has taken you off your game mentally and as a result you were painfully dominated throughout the entire fight.

    No more of "the baddest man on the planet" nonsense, let's get back to Cigano.

    We still have mad love for you, Cigano. Get well soon, big boy!

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      January 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I agree to some extent but honestly Junior is a class fighter not too mention person aswell it seems like hes just happy all the time but i hope hes realized nothing in this sport is given u cant expect to stay champion with performances like that, that said i do believe he will be back just like i believed he would become champion one day after his fight with cro cop the guy is a tank probably the best boxer with the most lethal powerr combination in mma if he lands BIG mafkas go down, I hope this loss to cain the same thing to him that cains previous loss to JDS did for him, all i can say is we've not seen the last of JDS there will be a rubber match

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    January 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    A hungry, improved and motivated JDS. Cant wait.

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    January 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    War JDS…. I'm still a huge fan… I would like to see him fight Mark Hunt, then Werdum again.. Cain will be waiting for him at the top of the mountain for a third fight…Yet War Cain..

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    January 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Cardio thats what you need to work on but hell of a fighter

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    January 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Nice shower curtain dog, love it!

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    January 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    i love this guy. the people that booed him after fight are a bunch of loser who will get nothing in life

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    Evan Holober

    January 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Even bigger fan of this guy after the heart he showed against Cain.


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      January 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm


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      January 4, 2013 at 6:46 am

      @Evan….how GSP escaped a broken jaw and more serious damage is amazing….In Cains fight with bigfoot he cut him up like an angry butcher.
      Are you confident Evan of Jnr reclaiming the belt? He definetly is not going to be handed any easy fights in reem and a rematch with Cain.

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        Evan Holober

        January 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        I was on the fence going into the second bout, and I thought Cain's chin would make the difference. I ended up going with JDS because of it (although technically I picked Cain in the comments after I saw everybody from the site picked JDS).

        I don't think he wins a rematch. Cain's movement, and work rate make him next to impossible to win against after the first. I think a well-trained, healthy, Cain beats him. I don't think Cain loses again until Jones moves up.

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          January 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          @Evan…. Thats a hell of a fight…..Cain vs Jones…I suspect the UFC won't want to remove Jones anytime soon from the light heavyweight division. Despite the weaknesses of JDS in the second bout, i would like to see him come back strong or at least make a third fight more competitive win or lose. I don;t think there is a mma fan that doesnt respect what Jnr withstood in that fight. But I definetly feel cain has the edge in a future fight.

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    January 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    My face got a little swallow….LOL Lot of class seeing as he lost the belt.

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    January 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    This is the same guy proclaiming himself as the new baddest man on the planet just a few weeks ago. He was humble in defeat but arrogant as a champion so hopefully this is a lesson to him.

    I hope he doesn't have too many fights like that as great a chin as he demonstrated it can soon go. Liddell took a few brutal fights and ended up unable to take shot. JDS is a long long way from that but all the same next time I hope the ref stops a beat down like that cos it really does shorten careers.

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      January 4, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Look dimwit, It's the media and the moronic fans that have put these ideas in each others heads and in JDS's head. Look bud all the staff on this website predicted JDS to finish Cain and I would say the majority of the fans expected this too. There is no baddest man on the planet. I don't care how much money Nike paid JDS he sure got exposed and reminded everyone of you fans that anything can happen in any fight. We all know with Cain's power and his wrestling ability and ability to pressure for 5 rounds that he is looking like the true dominant heavyweight. He exposed Lesnar and he now exposed JDS. Bring on Overweem I would love to see Cain throw him to the ground and smash his face too.

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        January 4, 2013 at 6:53 am

        Say what you will but anyone who declares themselves as the baddest man on the planet is arrogant. There is no such thing as baddest man on the planet even idiots like you know that. Lesnar never needed exposing to anyone with half a brain. Only the WWE converts and idiot fans truly thought he was the baddest man on the planet and were making ridiculous comments like Lesnar will be the greatest ever HW by the time he's done.

        As for JDS being exposed that is bullshit. He is a world class fighter (as far as HWs go) who had a terrible round and didn't recover. It is as absurd as saying Cain got exposed by having a round and not even recovering to the bell. The pair put on consistently good performances proving them to clearly be among the best 4 in the world right now.

        It took me a while to rate JDS as highly as I do. One beatdown by Cain doesn't make him bad all of a sudden. He will be back and I suspect at some point will have the belt again but anything can happen in MMA when there isn't much of a class difference between two fighters and occassionally even with a gulf in class the supposedly better fighter doesn't always win.

        As for Overeem he could have problems against Cain but equally he could go in there and do what JDS done to him first time. We just don't know.

        It would be funny if Overeem had a big tattoo emblazoned on his chest saying "REAL BROWN PRIDE" though.

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    January 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The next best thing for jnr is to face overeem and deliver the beating his promised. After that fight he can get another title shot and hopefully his grappling and cardio have improved.

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    January 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    You are too focused on "Boxing" JDS. You are better off going to the sport of Boxing my friend. You may train other aspects, but you can't put them all together. In your head, you will always resort to boxing and standing on your feet. Always. Cain exposed you. Alistair will rattle the few remaining bolts in your now mashed head and you will fall just like the rest.

    You only shot is a one shot. Not enough when you have beasts like Cain out there. If GSP was a Boxer only, he would of lost his belt long ago, because the WW division is stacked with multi-tooled fighters, not just bangers.

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    January 4, 2013 at 1:42 am

    No doubt you will come back stronger and I would love to see you fight Overeem. The chances of you knocking out Cain again are not good and I expect to see him toss you around like a rag doll if there is ever a trilogy bout.

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      January 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

      JDS showed good TDD especially in the first round. If he brings in some top tier wrestlers like GSP did he could definitely KO Cain. That said I think the first fight's result had more to do with Cain's lay off and injury than anything else. After watching the second fight I would not pick against Cain in a rubber match.

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        January 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

        I'd actually pick JDS if they meet again. Cain dominated JDS but time and again left himself wide open. even JDS corner were telling him to use the uppercut as Cain was wide open to it at times. So long as JDS doesn't have his eggs scrambled in the first round like first time I expect him to capitalise on some of the openings Cain will leave regularly.

        Anything can happen in MMA though and as much as you think how a fight might go down nothing can surprise you anymore after you have followed MMA for long enough.

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    January 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Cain is a specimen, plain and simple. He may very well dominate this division for awhile now.

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    January 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Hahaha Cain will never dominate the division he's going to get knocked out cold again

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    January 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Cain deserves his props. Junior got caught by that right in the first round and the fight was over. He was out on his feet and is one tough dude for hanging in, even though it just meant getting beat on for 4 more rounds.

    But Cain is no more invincible than Junior was after their first fight. If either one of these guys connects with a heavy shot, it can be over that quick.

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    January 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    He might have lost the tile but that fight answered a lot of question if JDS had the heart and will to fight through adversity as he had never really been tested before and he showed he has the spirit of a champion even coming back to make the last few rounds competitive.

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