With what he calls a ‘depressing time,’ behind him, Junior dos Santos has all eyes on task at hand, Mark Hunt.
MMAweekly.com caught up with dos Santos during a promotional spin for UFC 160. At the May 25th event in Las Vegas the former UFC heavyweight champion will face Hunt in the co-main event.
Hunt’s career is supernova-hot right now, winning four straight and gaining legions of fans along the way.
Dos Santos (15-2) was going to face Alistair Overeem before Overenn was forced out due to injury.
“I think for sure it’s gonna change (training and preparation) a little,” he said. “The strategy will be a little bit different because I think Mark Hunt is tougher than Alistair Overeem.”
It was in December when dos Santos lost his world title to Cain Velasquez, a fight dos Santos lost by unanimous decision.
“The first four days after the fight was a depressing time,” dos Santos said. “It was tough. I was really, really sad. Because the thing is, I didn’t fight. I don’t care if the other guy is better than me and he wins because he did very well and I performed very well. But in that fight, I didn’t fight. Cain Velasquez did very well, but I didn’t fight, so I was very sad. After some time, I began to think about some things and I learned a lot.”
Dos Santos admitted to pouring over replays of the fight.
”When I watched the fight, I didn’t know I was out in the first round. I don’t remember that punch,” he said when referring to a Velasquez right that sent him to the canvas. “When I watched the fight and saw that punch, (I realized) everything changed after that. It was almost like automatic reactions after that – just defending myself. I think I learned a lot from that fight. I always try to see the positive in everything. I was fighting (hard) and I think I’m pretty tough doing that (lasting five rounds), even if I got beat.”
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