Heading into UFC 166, most Junior dos Santos supporters certainly didn’t expect a repeat of went down at UFC 155 last December, when Cain Velasquez beat up the former champ for five rounds to reclaim the heavyweight belt. Well, as we all know now, Velasquez controlled much of the action once again in fight three, and this time he put way JDS in round five.
Of course, since Velasquez is one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters and is ridiculously well rounded, there’s no shame in losing to the champ. That said, things clearly didn’t go the way “Cigano’s” camp planned (aside from landing a few hard shots of his own). Case in point, here’s what dos Santos’ jiu-jitsu coach Yuri Carlton, recently told MMA Fighting.com.
“It was a surprise for me,” Carlton said.. “We couldn’t execute what we planned. We wanted to avoid the clinch close to the fence, we knew what Cain Velasquez was planning but he did it. He wore out Junior, took his energy and strength.”
After the bout UFC President Dana White relayed he though the fight should have been stopped in round three, when it nearly was, but Carlton evidently wasn’t thinking the same thing.
“To be honest, I never considered throwing in the towel,” he said. “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.”
Carlton also said that he believes “Cigano” should take some time off. It will be interesting to see who the UFC taps him to fight next, and how JDS performs.
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