Junior Dos Santos on a Rematch with Cain Velasquez

Junior Dos Santos has failed to win the divisional belt at UFC 155 but this does not stop him from asking Cain Velasquez to be his next opponent in the ring. “Cigano” showed that he had a heart of a champion even when Velasquez got the better of him in the Octagon.

There were a number of times when Velasquez was able to overpower Dos Santos; he was even seen to be able to nearly put away the fighter in the second round but the Brazilian managed to escape and come back for another round.

UFC 155 was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, United States in December 29, 2012 and was headlined by the two impressive fighters. The promotional video for UFC 155 showed how eager Dos Santos was as he awaited his match with Velasquez. .

After the match, Dos Santos was interviewed and was quick to credit Velasquez for his win. To note that this is Dos Santos first every post fight interview in UFC since he was absorbed from Strikeforce.  Along with his appreciation for Velasquez’ win he was also keen on his faults that cost him the title. He also mentions that this loss won’t be 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 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.”

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos is a heavyweight from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He has a 15 win and 2 loss career. Before he lost to Cain Velasquez he won against Frank Mir in a headline fight at UFC 146 in May 2012.

He wishes to meet Velasquez again at the Octagon soon: “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.”

Cain Velasquez Fresh from UFC Win; Dismisses Idea of Fighting Daniel Cormier

Cain Velasquez is fresh from his impressive win over Junior dos Santos in UFC 155 headline match; he won via unanimous decision as the two fighters met for the second time in the octagon in December 29, 2012 which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

After this victory everyone is asking who will be next in line to challenge Velasquez for the title. Many guessed if Strikeforce standout Daniel Cormier will be the next one to fight Velasquez however Cormier rejected the idea for as long as the title is in the hands of Velasquez who is his teammate at the American Kickboxing Academy.

Velasquez was interviewed after the fight and he said: “I wouldn’t [fight Cormier]. This is my friend, my teammate and my coach. If you want to see us fight, go to AKA three days a week.” This was the fighter’s revelation to Fox Sports while sitting next to Cormier during the post-fight interview.

Velasquez also narrates what happened during his fight with dos Santos at UFC 155. “A lot of times before this fight, I was envisioning the way it would go, but to actually go out there and do it with all the pressures of finally being in there [felt great]. I wanted to come in lighter and faster. I knew he was really fast with his movement and everything else, and I wanted to be in good shape to be able to move at any angle and just be quick.”

He further told Fox about what exactly was going on in his head during the fight: “A lot of stuff in my head was just [me thinking]. ‘Keep a strong pace.  Pressure him to top and then look for stuff with the legs.’ It was always up and down and I never really slowed down.” He added: “I just had it in my head that I needed to put a lot of pressure on him and do what I wanted to do. That high-paced wrestling style breaks a lot of people when they’re not used to it.”

Velasquez’ preparations in the gym together with Cormier really made him meet his opponent in the Octagon. He commented that there was so much fuss while dos Santos was being introduced but he somehow proved the fighter wrong.

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