Junior dos Santos was once again on the receiving end of a brutal five-round beatdown at the hands of current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez last weekend (Oct. 19, 2013) at UFC 166.
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To the spectators in attendance in Houston, Texas, as well as the fans watching at home, the visible damage to "Cigano's" face proved just how devastating Cain's punches can be, even if he has the reputation of "hitting like a girl," at least in Team Dos Santos' eyes
But, according to a statement from the "Cigano" camp to Combate.com (via Fighters Only), he doesn't even remember most of the action and thought the 265-pound title fight had ended in the second round.
In addition, the camp believes "JDS" was going through the motions for the remaining two and half rounds on "autopilot" before actually getting finished in round number five. It's that statement that leads you to believe that the damage the Brazilian bomber suffered at the hands of Cain was much worse.
Nevertheless, an upbeat Dos Santos says the only pain he's feeling now is knowing that he didn't get the victory and put on the show he would have liked.
"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. 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."
The report also stated that Junior underwent brain scans to make there was no facial-cranium or intra-cranium bleeding which, apparently, none was found.
Just 10 months prior to their fight at the Toyota Center, Dos Santos suffered a similar beating at the hands of Velasquez at UFC 155. Enduring severe punishment and countless blows to the head in such a short amount of time can't be good for any fighter.
And the fact the "Cigano" doesn't even remember giving a post-fight speech inside the Octagon is proof of that.
On the heels of this revelation, it's obvious either referee Herb Dean, the ringside physicians or Junior's corner, dropped the ball and one can't help but to agree with UFC President Dana White who said the fight should have been stopped earlier in order to ensure his safety.
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