Junior dos Santos will constantly remind you that however horrible your life is going, it would be exponentially worse if he slammed his right fist inside your mandible. JDS represents a time in early civilization in which facial reconstructive surgery consisted of a dude violently hammer-fisting one’s face until the bones rearranged into the desired position. In the industry, we call that ‘Caveman plastic surgery’ — although I’m not quite clear on what industry I’m referring to. Regardless, it’s a business I want no part in. Let me write about MMA while wearing absurd feline t-shirts in peace. That’s how I define my universe. That’s right, a universe free from being knocked the [expletive] out by the former UFC heavyweight champion.
In Brazil’s Combate, Junior dos Santos lays out his strategy to defeat Cain Velasquez in their trilogy match — stating that if can keep it standing, he has a 95% chance of winning.
It’s hard to find any weak points, he’s a very complete fighter. From the moment I stepped out of the Octagon against him, I’ve been thinking of the strategy. I let him get comfortable. Now the plan is to pressure him. Standing up, I believe in myself. Nobody trades shots with Mark, everyone wants to get him down. I accepted the standup and won. If I can keep the fight standing against Cain, I have a 95% chance of winning. His differential are the takedowns. He will want to get me down. I’m training my grappling more. Learning how to be more open-minded.
He’s an outstanding fighter. You have to respect him. He’s a good champion. If I wasn’t in the division, I would like to see him as champion. But I’m here and I’ll work hard to be champion. He doesn’t talk nonsense and respects his opponents. I fought him twice and learned a lot from it. The next time, I’ll be better prepared with a better strategy.
If Junior dos Santos could be placed in a blender and reduced to the most basic element, he would have an endurance match with every other element on the periodic table and come out victorious. Fe and Ag has nothing on JDS.