Forne tungviktsmästaren Junior Dos Santos har för brasiliansk press berättat att personliga problem och sviktande njurar var problem som bidrog till hans förlust av titeln till Cain Velasquez på UFC 155.
Dos Santos förklarar de bakomliggande orsakerna till hans insats på följande vis.
”Really was my head. I had some personal things going on, a bit of my attention was lacking because of it. And another thing. Soon after the fight I went to the hospital and had a scan, which showed my creatine was too high. The normal level is up to 300, mine was in 1400. I also had trouble in the urine and kidneys.”, säger han till Esporte (översatt via MMA.tv).
Den forne mästaren berättar vidare att hälsoproblemen fanns där innan matchen och var till följd av överansträngning.
”The explanation of the doctors is that I pushed over the line, I over trained, and problems could have happened even before the fight… I was so good that I ended up crossing the line. That was the explanation of doctors. Mine is that I was not good with my head, was having personal problems and did not go well mentally in the fight.”
”Going forward I will be more careful, it will take my body to the limit all the time. I need to know how my body is reacting to what I am doing. We need to be a bit more professional about it. I will do tests during preparation. This fight also taught me that we have to be stronger with the head, think things strategy and better monitor the tactical part.”
Dos Santos har siktet inställt på en tredje match mot Velasquez och om det var upp till honom hade det blivit en omedelbar returmatch.
”Actually, I want Cain. I won the first, he did a good job in the second. I think the third fight has to happen. He is the champion and I want to fight him. I know there are people in the queue, Bigfoot and Overeem are. If I have to meet someone before that rematch with Velasquez, I’ll cope. But what I really want is Cain now.”
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