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UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was a happy man after stopping challenger Frank Mir in the second round of their UFC 146 main event bout. He did an interview with Ariel Helwani for Fuel TV draped in a Brazilian flag, and talked about his strategy in the Mir bout and what could be next for him. He actually called a second round knockout before the bout, and his prediction came true. Here's how he went about it:
My gameplan was to keep the distance in the first round, to make him a little bit tired in the first round. And in the second round, come to knock him out. And that works!
He cleared up the fact that he is a brown belt in BJJ, not a black belt as Dana White and other people were saying. He then went on to talk about Frank Mir's somewhat-surprising chin:
Yeah, that surprised me. He can take a punch man. My hand is, I'm feeling pain in my hands. He survived a little bit. But not too much!
And he gave his thoughts on a rematch with former champion Cain Velasquez, who he knocked out last November to claim the title:
I don't know, if the UFC wants to see that fight again, let's do it. Cain Velasquez surprised a lot, you know, Bigfoot (Antonio Silva) is a really tough fighter, you know, I train with him, he's very strong. But Cain Velasquez came in with a good strategy and won the fight. So if the UFC wants to see that fight again, let's do it.
After the jump you can catch the whole video, where JDS also talks about the little boy that was brought into the cage after his win, how important the title is to him, and a few other things.