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Junior dos Santos suffered cut over right eye, required stitches three weeks prior to Cain Velasquez UFC 166 title fight

Reports out of Houston, Texas, reveal that Junior dos Santos recently suffered a cut over his right eye that required stitches to close. Could this setback play a factor in the outcome of his title fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 166 this weekend (Sat., Oct. 19, 2013)?

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Deja vu?

Some interesting news is coming out of Houston, Texas -- site of this weekend's (Oct. 19, 2013) UFC 166 pay-per-view (PPV) event -- as John Morgan reveals that Junior dos Santos suffered a cut over his right eye (see pic here) three weeks ago that required some stitches to close.

It's quite the untimely injury, seeing as how "Cigano" will attempt to take the 265-pound title away from current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez in three days time.

But, according to the Brazilian bomber, the cut is fully healed and should be a non-issue come fight night. In fact, on "UFC Tonight" this evening, dos Santos -- who had a knee injury in his first bout with Velasquez and an over-training issue in the rematch -- assured mixed martial arts (MMA) fans that he is currently "100 percent."

#NoExcuses!

Of course, when a fighter gets cut, he can't typically spar or train rigorously because it could hamper -- or even exacerbate -- heal time. In addition, now that the Velasquez camp is aware of the injury, don't be surprised if Velasquez works that left hook to the head early to force it back open.

Nevertheless, despite dos Santos' cut, the show and the main event will fortunately go on, unlike the UFC on Fuel TV 9 debacle, with Alexander Gustafsson suffering a similar injury six days before his Light Heavyweight bout against Gegard Mousasi, which was scheduled to go down on April 6, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

After doctors deemed "The Mauler" unfit for battle, forcing him out of the fight, Ilir Latifi -- Gustafsson's training partner -- stepped into the fill the huge void left by the towering Swede. Despite a valiant effort, Latifi came up short against Mousasi, but did manage to go the distance against the former Strikeforce 205-pound champion.

It doesn't appear like a standby replacement will be needed in "H-Town," but rest assured Fabricio Werdum -- who will be on hand doing Spanish play-by-play -- would gladly volunteer his services if needed.

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