By Jamie McAllister
Junior Dos Santos in an interview with TATAME.
Dos Santos comments on his training.
“My preparation is great. I had a great training camp, I had the support of high level athletes and I’m feeling very prepared to defend my title successfully.”
Dos Santos comments on the change of opponents.
“Since I had my opponent replaced, I’m focusing more on my ground training now and I also did many Wrestling trainings. On the stand-up trainings I used left-handed sparrings to get used to it.”
Dos Santos on Overeem.
“I can only speak for myself. I am in no place to speak about other people. I thought it was not nice to have so many changes on this fighting card because I guess it affected all fighters at UFC 146. I guess it’s not a good thing for the sport either, because MMA suffers many prejudices, and a doping case or even suspect of doping calls people’s attention not in a good way and it’s bad for all athletes like me, who believe in hard work and make all efforts required to get good results with no extra help.”
Dos Santos when asked if he would like to fight Overeem in future.
“I have never picked out opponents and I never will. If UFC pair us up again, it’ll be a great fight for the fans.”
Dos Santos on the pressure of being the Champion.
“I don’t think so. Each fight brings us new experiences, you get there more prepared than in the last one. When I fought Cain Velasquez it was pretty hard because I had some last minute happenings in my training camp and it was the first bout to be broadcasted by Globo (in Brazil) and FOX in America. And, even so things turned out just fine, I stick to my game plan and got the win. It brought me a little more experience and confidence. I’m facing this like a regular fight and always believing our next fight is the most important fight of my life. With that in mind, I’ll get there prepared.”
Dos Santos on potentially fighting his friend Bigfoot Silva in future.
“One step at a time. Right now I’m focused on Frank Mir. After it’s over I’ll think about it.”Tags: featured, Junior Dos Santos, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news, Welterweight