"Listen guys, he was destroyed in his last fight. It wasn't even close. He got dominated and spent four nights in the hospital. With that said, his stock went up. We always knew he was powerful, he was fast, he was young, he was explosive, he was talented. What we didn't know is that he was that tough. What we didn't know is he had cardio to push on through adversity for 25 straight minutes. It is very rare that a guy can get defeated and everybody steps back and goes, ‘I don't want any part of that guy.'"
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender and FUEL TV analyst Chael Sonnen explains on Friday's (May 24, 2013) UFC 160 weigh-in show that he believes the stock of former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos actually went up when he lost the title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 in Dec. 2012. "Cigano" was on the losing end of one of the most one-sided 25 minute title fights in UFC history at the event, but displayed tremendous toughness and durability in the contest, which to Sonnen was extremely impressive and is deserving of credit.
The real question, though, is will the Brazilian be able to come back from the defeat to Velasquez in top form. We'll find out tonight (May 25, 2013) when he steps in the Octagon to face Mark Hunt in the highly anticipated UFC 160 co-main event.
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