Following a second challenge of UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez' crown, Junior dos Santos may have revealed some unsettling news regarding the sort of damage he absorbed for five rounds. According to areport via Combate, 'Cigano' was said to have thought he was actually knocked out sometime during the second round. Dos Santos, of course, was stopped after a failed submission attempt resulted in his head striking the Octagon mat 3:09 into the fifth and final round in the main event at UFC 166.
The report also claims dos Santos couldn't recall being interviewed by UFC commentator Joe Rogan following the bout and that his team believed he fought rounds three through five 'on autopilot.'
"I'm feeling good. I came to the hospital to have some stitches in the cut I had. The pain is only in the heart, because I didn't manage to give a good performance in the Octagon," he said in a message relayed via Combate.com
"Now it's time to go back to the gym and train, dedicate myself to come back stronger than ever and, who knows, some day dispute the championship again and be able to honor the support from everybody who believed in me."
Dos Santos received standard post-fight medical treatment on-scene at Houston's Toyota Center before being sent to a hospital to undergo more thorough cranial and brain scans. Following the event, UFC president Dana White remarked that he believed dos Santos suffered unnecessary damage in a fight that should have been stopped much sooner. "I just don't think he needed to take any more punishment," said White. "I always like to say that if anybody in his f**king corner cares about him, please, throw in that towel."
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It's a wonderful sport that I love so much! When we have great battles against great athletes, what... http://t.co/9G29tCM0Gj— Junior Dos Santos (@junior_cigano) October 21, 2013
On second thought...
@roynelsonmma thanks for the scrap bro. You are a warrior. Good luck in the future. You're a stud Nelson. DC— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 21, 2013
@GilbertMelendez it was fun going to war, you have pettis and Josh's number get the belt I'll be climbing the rankings WW2 will happen 5rds— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) October 21, 2013
Sweating it out!!Suando um pouco!! http://t.co/1wRTPfDkku— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) October 21, 2013
Michael Chandler got asked a lot of UFC questions.
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Anthony Perosh (@AnthonyPerosh) October 21, 2013
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Florence Romeo.
Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez fought a three-round instant classic at UFC 166 this past weekend.
In a fight that produced two knockdowns, countless flurries and copious amounts of blood, both men displayed indelible heart and courage.
Just to watch was to witness something special.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan called the fight the "new greatest fight of all-time" during the pay-per-view broadcast.
UFC President Dana White, a well-known talkative character, was nearly left speechless at the UFC post-fight press conference, calling it "the fight of the friggin' I don't know what."
The MMA community exploded with youthful exuberance, smattering Twitter, Facebook and forums with every imaginable metaphor and hyperbole.
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