Junior dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has lost the title fight against Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) on Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Junior was very confident prior the fight but things did not go the way he and his team anticipated.
“I’m very disappointed, not because he won the fight, but because I lost,” Dos Santos said. “I didn’t do any mistakes. Actually, everything was working very well. I know he walks forward all the time. And I like to walk backward and enjoy the opportunities that my opponents give me. I was throwing some hard kicks, and they were working very well until – I remember, the last kick I threw at him, he felt a lot. And I felt I did well. ‘Now I have to move.’ And then I don’t remember anymore.”
JDS continues, “After the third kick, I felt happy in my heart. I said, ‘Man, it’s working; I’m going to win.’ And then, you know – heavyweights.”
“I didn’t do any mistakes; it was on him,” Dos Santos said. “He did very well, actually. Heavyweights, man. I’m sad, of course. I’d like to win this. I’d like to become the champion again. But if I’m not the champion, I’m glad this guy is the champion. He’s a really nice guy. I still think the same. He deserves that. And tonight was his night.2
“That’s the heavyweight division. I think I’ve already made many men feel like that. It’s terrible. I was prepared. I am prepared. And I had a lot to give there. And everything was working very well, the way we expected. We know he’s a tough guy who would walk forward all the time.”
At 33, JDS still has long time to go. But he thinks it is not going to be easy to dethrone Miocic.
“It’s going to take a lot,” Dos Santos said. “This guy is the real deal, like I said during the week. He’s doing very well. He has really heavy hands. The way I see it, he’s going to continue to grow in this division … and become one of the greatest.”
“Now, I’m looking forward to my next fight already, because I want to delete this thing,” Dos Santos said. “I have to sit down and try to understand what kind of lesson God wants me to understand. But I’m here. I’m still looking forward to my future fights, because that’s what I love to do.”
“Today it didn’t work well for me, but I felt good. I felt almost there. After the third kick, I felt winning – until lights out.”