Coming off of a loss and having lost three out of his five most recent bouts heading into Sunday’s showdown with Ben Rothwell, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wasn’t exactly looking to take a bunch of unwarranted risks to try and be the show stopper.
After all, his goal isn’t to “wow” the crowd for one night; his goal is to regain UFC gold.
If he wanted to use the UFC Fight Night 86 main event to help put him back in the hunt for the title, dos Santos simply needed to do one thing: he needed to win. And that’s exactly what he did.
There weren’t a lot of bells and whistles, but dos Santos dominated one of the hottest fighters in the heavyweight division, taking Rothwell bell to bell by working the body, slowing him down, and then making a bloody, swollen mess of his face. That was entirely by design, as Rothwell outweighed him by more the 20 pounds and had a 1.5-inch reach advantage.
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“With a guy that size, you can’t collide with him. I was moving a lot, using my footwork and my speed; my boxing skills,” said an elated dos Santos on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.
“I did everything I could to avoid his power. I (kept) myself calm and just doing my job, moving a lot, avoiding his punches and his attacks, and throwing some hard jabs against him.”
Having alternated betweens wins and losses over the course of his last seven fights, dos Santos is in no position to call for ….View full article