The UFC asked Yvel to step up on short notice last December after a string of injuries forced multiple fighters to pull out of the January card.-- Check out the full interview at lasvegassun.com and an interview with Ben Rothwell after the jump.
Yvel had less than one month to train for one of the top fighters in the heavyweight division.
"I started with two sparring partners. One got knocked out in our first session and the other I did three rounds and he didn’t show up anymore," Yvel said. "Everybody was doing the Christmas thing."
Yvel will have the advantage of a full, three-month long training camp under his belt when he steps into the octagon for the second time at UFC 115 [vs. Ben Rothwell].
"I sincerely hope Dos Santos will become the champ so I can beat him," Yvel said. "He beat me in my debut and I honestly think he’s doing really well right now. I can see him becoming the next champ. It would be great to avenge myself and take the belt from him when he’s at his high point."
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