"I want to clarify that I´m very well, and I´ll be in perfect condition to face Werdum at the end of the year," dos Santos told Sherdog.com. "Actually I was injured before the fight against Stipe Miocic [at UFC on Fox 13]. I had a strain in the [anterior cruciate ligament], and ended up aggravating it during the fight when the ligament totally tore."
Dos Santos says he's focusing on strength training and avoiding Muay Thai and grappling. Following his doctor's orders, he hopes to be cleared to return to normal training on July 14.
"I did a surgery with Dr. Moises Cohen in Sao Paulo and the procedure was perfect," said dos Santos. "He said I needed between six to eight months to completely recover. On July 14 it will be six months, and I hope he can release me to train at 100 percent."
Calling Werdum's submission of Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 'really impressive,' dos Santos says he hopes to reclaim the title by year's end.
"My intention was to fight at the end of the year, and everything is going in a perfect way. Werdum was suspended for 180 days; that´s the exact time I need to completely recover from my surgery, train hard and get 100 percent in shape to face him.
"I really hope UFC gives me the chance to fight for the belt again, especially against Werdum, who was my first great victory in the [promotion]. My intention is to have that rematch and regain my belt. I´ll be world champion again before the end of the year. I´m a very positive person, and I believe a lot in that fight. Now I Just have to work hard and return at 100 percent."
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It turned out he just had a little period pain.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 25, 2015
@thatwonkid91 to piss u off— Dana White (@danawhite) June 25, 2015
Just an FYI this is why u should never read or trust BJ Penn. Com. This is literally the MGM right NOW!! pic.twitter.com/34FY5Ij4sH— Dana White (@danawhite) June 25, 2015
Goodluck to Connor in July ..— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 25, 2015
Much respect to Aldo. Hope fighters/camps etc take notice & learn to keep their mouths shut. Most skilled fighter in world in tough spot— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) June 25, 2015
So Aldo not gonna train for the next 2.5 weeks then defend the title? Not smart. Near impossible to train with severely bruised ribs— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) June 25, 2015
Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) June 24, 2015
Whaaaaat!? I just realized I was nominated for a 3rd ESPY - best play for the world record breaking... https://t.co/BrSq8Lr6UY— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) June 25, 2015
Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) June 24, 2015
Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) June 24, 2015
I respect Diego and I am interested BUT I prefer fighting ranked fighter. https://t.co/bbDPF2L3lc— 川尻達也tatsuya kawajiri (@CRUSHER_MMA) June 24, 2015
Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) June 24, 2015
I don't even know why they give him a mic. Couldn't cut a promo if it was on paper and he had scissors.— Chael Sonnen (@sonnench) June 25, 2015
Always next time.
Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) June 24, 2015
Nick Hein (@NickHeinMMA) June 23, 2015
Now our production building is on fire!!!! What's next? What else can go wrong this week? pic.twitter.com/sIpyVzxCRa— Dana White (@danawhite) June 24, 2015
Announced yesterday (June 24 2015)
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via ynassar.
One of my favourite things about being a matchmaker for Desert Force (the largest MMA organization in the Middle East) is finding fighters who might not yet be recognized by the wider MMA community but have tremendous amount of potential and who are capable of making a splash in the big three promotions. It almost reminds me of playing Football Manager in my adolescence where you would occasionally find a striker who would join your team whilst you were playing in the third division and he would somehow propel you to the Champions League within 4 years.
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