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Anderson dos Santos predicts promotion exit after breaking fibula in first round of UFC 265 bout

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Bantamweight Anderson dos Santos shed some light on just what went wrong in his loss to Miles Johns at UFC 265, and what he expects the fallout to be.

After a devastating knockout loss at UFC 265, Anderson dos Santos may have reached the end of the road for his time in the Octagon. The Brazilian not only suffered a decisive defeat at the hands of Miles Johns, but - to make matters even worse - he also with a broken fibula for his efforts. And with only one win in his four-fight stint, ‘Berinja’ already expects that dreaded phone call in the coming days.

In an interview with Ag Fight, the bantamweight out of Babuino Gold Team explained how Johns snapped his fibula in the first kick he threw. An injury that unfortunately badly hindered Dos Santos for the remainder of the fight. Although he felt healthy and ready for a 15-minute battle, the injury left him frustrated that he could not show what he practiced during his training camp.

“I fractured my fibula bone in the first kick I took. That’s why I couldn’t move,” Dos Santos explained. “It was f-cked up. I felt powerless. I was feeling great, I trained hard for this fight. When the fight ended I was not tired at all. I didn’t spend all the cardio I took to three months to achieve. I was upset. He hit me with a good shot, he did a good job. I don’t think he expected to break my leg. We throw a kick like that just to do volume damage. I’m tough. He wouldn’t have done anything if he hadn’t broken my leg. I felt like I had more power than him. I’m really frustrated, but my head is held up high”.

“That was the last fight of my contract.” Anderson continued. “I don’t know how it’s going to be now. My manager should let me know whether they’ll renew it or not further down the week. I think it’s unlikely. We’ll see what they and Sean Selby think. Because I lost my last fight.”

Before the loss to Johns, Anderson (21-9) had scored his sole UFC win, a submission victory over Martin Day, back November 2020. The 36-year-old started his Octagon career on a two-fight losing skid, dropping unanimous decisions to both Nad Narimani and Andre Ewell, respectively in November 2018 and June 2019.