"Cigano is better in the stand-up and on the ground," Say JDS Coach | UFC NEWS

May 16, 2012 4:55 am by Jamie McAllister

By Jamie McAllister
Yuri Carlton Junior Dos Santos BJJ coach in an interview with TATAME.

Carlton comments on Junior’s Jiu-Jitsu skills and feels he may be better than Mir on the ground.

“I am positive that Cigano’s Jiu-Jitsu is better. He trains with the Best guys in Brazil: Minotauro, Minotouro, Anderson, Demian, just to name a few… I believe he won’t disappoint people when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu.”

Carlton discusses the importance of training Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil & quality training partners.

“Frank Mir trains in the United States with some Brazilians, but we have the privilege of training in Brazil. When you are talking about Jiu-Jitsu, Brazil is the place to be. We have the great champions and Cigano is not far from being one.”

On the pressure placed on Junior Dos Santos to defend his title.

“The expectations are great. In this first defense we are really excited, just like in previous bouts. His preparation is complete and he’s been training for it for years. The speculations about Mir being better on the ground are bullshit. Cigano is better in the stand-up and on the ground. I’m positive about it.”

“It’s hard to take Cigano down. Until you get him there,he is a long way ahead of you. In case he does it, Cigano is very prepared. He’s always trained Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. He’s ready. We don’t say it much, but there is a lot of perseverance. He deserves to be there and he’ll remain the champion after this fight.”

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