JDS cites 'personal problems' as contributing to loss


Former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos was recently interviewed via Sype by Brazil's NagradedoMMA, and talked about his recent loss to Cain Velasquez.

Jorge Correa: How are you now, 13 days after the fight?

JDS: I'm Fine. I mean, physically. Of course I was very sad, but I'm improving. Physically I have not had any problems during the fight, I had no major injuries, just got very swollen because I took many punches and he shot on me easily.

JC: Have you managed to watch the fight a few times to assess what happened?

JDS: I watched and tried to understand what happened. Velasquez did his game very well - he imposed his tactics, but I did not react. I was there, but mentally it seemed I was not. Things that had happened in the fight that was normal to me, that in training at the gym I respond very well, but there could not.

JC: Where was your mistake?

JDS: I followed him and I just defended myself, no longer did anything. I was strong in all my other fights, was always attacking and going forward, but this time I just walked back and defended myself, no longer did anything. I reviewed the fight and realized these things happening, seeing the opportunities I had to make some other move and did not. It really was very frustrating.

JC: And what happened? Why did you have this performance?

JDS: Really was my head. I had some personal things going on, a bit of my attention was lacking because of it. And another thing. Soon after the fight I went to the hospital and had a scan, which showed my creatine was too high. The normal level is up to 300, mine was in 1400. I also had trouble in the urine and kidneys.

JC: DId doctors say why this health problem occured?

JDS: The explanation of the doctors is that I pushed over the line, I over trained, and problems could have happened even before the fight... I was so good that I ended up crossing the line. That was the explanation of doctors. Mine is that I was not good with my head, was having personal problems and did not go well mentally in the fight.

JC: Evaluating all this, what will you do differently going forward?

JDS: Going forward I will be more careful, it will take my body to the limit all the time. I need to know how my body is reacting to what I am doing. We need to be a bit more professional about it. I will do tests during preparation. This fight also taught me that we have to be stronger with the head, think things strategy and better monitor the tactical part.

JC: If you can choose, would prefer fight Cain again immediately or have another fight first?

JDS: Actually, I want Cain. I won the first, he did a good job in the second. I think the third fight has to happen. He is the champion and I want to fight him. I know there are people in the queue, Bigfoot and Overeem are. If I have to meet someone before that rematch with Velasquez, I'll cope. But what I really want is Cain now.

JC: Do you want to respond accusations by some that you threw the fight?

JDS: Never. I would never do that. The main reason is that I have respect for myself and the respect that I have for my fans and the institution of the UFC itself,, which is very serious. I would never throw a fight, even if it was for all the money in the world. Everything I've achieved in my life was with great difficulty, was through hard work, and going against the majority opinion, always. Proving that I was able, even if people do not believe. I lost this fight because Velasquez was better this time.

Read entire article... (original Portuguese)

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