One man who watched last weekend’s UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem bout with more vested interest than the rest of us was UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, who knew beforehand that he would be facing the eventual winner of the contest in his first title defense.
Though Cigano has maintained that he never cared which one he would go on to face, he told Tatame following the bout (which Overeem won by TKO in the first round) that he wished Lesnar would have done a little better in the fight.
“I thought Brock would move forwards, I hoped more of him. But he told me on the Octagon he felt the knees and kicks of Overeem and that he thought he broke his rib. I saw it and it was really red. He told me the last coup destabilized him,” said dos Santos. “And then he wished me good luck on this title defense and that was it.”
Following the fight, Lesnar announced his retirement from MMA, citing a promise made to his family and the general difficulty with which diverticulitis has saddled him. Of course, the announcement has drawn a mixed reaction, but for dos Santos, he has no qualms with the superstar’s decision to walk away.
“He’s completely right to retire since he doesn’t feel fine when fighting anymore,” dos Santos asserted. “He said he promised it to his wife and kids… I guess everybody knows when it’s time to stop.”
Rehabbing a knee injury, dos Santos is expected to face Overeem sometime after the first quarter of the new year.