As everyone knows by now, Junior dos Santos put Cain Velasquez down in just 64 seconds to claim the UFC heavyweight title last Saturday at UFC on Fox. In an interview with Tatame, he discussed the title win and made a vague statement regarding the knee injury he entered the fight with. First, the fight and whether he was surprised at Cain's gameplan:
No. I guess I was expecting him to kick me a lot and try to take me down, so I was prepared. I tried to scare him off, keep him in a safe distance so I could use my Boxing skills, and, thanks’ God, everything worked out.
On possibly defending the belt in January when the UFC returns to Brazil (which obviously can't happen due to his knee and Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar taking place December 29th):
I guess I can’t, but I really want to fight in Brazil. There’ll be many events in Brazil, like Dana said himself. So I want my first title defense to be in Brazil.
How his knee felt, and how long he'll be out if he has surgery:
I feel some pain in my knee for a while now, like for tem days, and it was aching, but I handled it quite well. It was ok by me.
Let’s see. We’ll talk to the doctor and find it out. I thought I could feel some pain or something like that, but I didn’t. I was scared of that, but it never happened.
He was also asked who he was leaning towards in the Overeem/Lesnar matchup and didn't end up picking either one. It's interesting to note that he did pick Lesnar to win when he was asked about it at the UFC on Fox post-fight press conference though. Either way, we might not see a UFC heavyweight title defense for a while.