Originally written October 17, 2013 on 5thRound.com:
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (pictured) is an honest guy, perhaps to a fault. When asked why he thought he was utterly destroyed by Cain Velasquez in December’s rematch, dos Santos provided the worst possible answer, then proceeded to give the second-to-worst response. “It’s hard to know. I don’t know. I don’t really know that,” dos Santos told “UFC Tonight” of what went wrong in their sequel. “I think it was everything. Everything was too much for me at that time. Cain Velasquez did an excellent job and he beat me.” I DON’T KNOW? EVERYTHING went wrong? With their trilogy just 48 hours away, and only 10 months removed from receiving the biggest beatdown of his career, dos Santos is admitting to not having a solution for the Velasquez that entered the Octagon the last time they fought. What’s going happen Saturday when that SAME Velasquez steps into the cage at UFC 166? That recipe provided the sweet taste of victory, so why wouldn’t Velasquez draw upon that exact same formula? When he does, that means dos Santos still won’t have a response for the assault he’s set to endure (again)? “I think we showed a little of ourselves in each fight,” dos Santos added. “In the first fight, I knocked him out, which is something I did a lot before. The second fight showed how he fights. Now we’ve learned more about each other and it’ll be great for the fans. “Nobody likes to lose. I learned a lot. I’m smarter now and I have a lot more experience and I’m going to use that.” Only 10 months have passed since getting mauled by Velasquez, and dos Santos has just posted a KO victory over Mark Hunt since that time. I’m not sure how much JDS could have learned or experienced between Velasquez fights, but I hope he’s got more up his sleeve than that. He only has two more days to cram. The final exam will be held Saturday at UFC 166.

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