Junior dos Santos may have landed several hard shots to Cain Velasquez at UFC 166 last month, but at the end of the day, it was the heavyweight champ who beat JDS upfor over 20 minutes. As a result of the one sided, stoppage win, there’s no question that dos Santos will have to record several victories before getting another crack at the belt, assuming Velasquez holds onto it of course.

Considering the damage dos Santos took in the fight, more than a few folks have said they believe the former champ should take some time off, and it looks like he’s listening to the advice. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, dos Santos relayed:

“I’m taking a time off to relax and take care of my life. I love to be who I am and do what I do, and I’m sure I’ll be back to show my work really soon. I don’t pick opponents, and I will fight whoever the UFC wants.”

And as far as the rubber match on October 19th? “Cigano” offered this take on what went wrong:

“I’ve made some mistakes again. My strategy was to brawl because I believed I would be in an advantage with that,” he said. “But my opponent knew how to block my standup game and do what he does best. After every fight I’m getting more experience and learning. The most important thing I’ve learned in this fight is about strategy, and I believe he was better prepared than me.”

Despite the setback, dos Santos sounds more than upbeat about his future prospects, as he noted “you never know” what can happen in the heavyweight division and that he intends to be “#1 again.” Considering his agility, power and striking skills, no one should be writing off the 29 year-old, that’s for sure.

As for Velasquez, he’s expected to fight Fabricio Werdum next, however, the UFC is waiting to see whether the champ’s shoulder might require surgery before booking the bout.

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