Yuri Carlton, the man who first trained former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, confirmed during a recent interview with Tatame.com that “Cigano” did in fact separate from his wife prior to facing Cain Velasquez last year.
Dos Santos was battered for five rounds, dropping the UFC heavyweight title to Velasquez. Carlton has worked with dos Santos, helping him reach the level of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
“To be honest, it is something that we can no longer hide,” Carlton said. “The separation hurt a lot. Vilsana (dos Santos’ ex-wife) is an angel who appeared in his life as a boy. Know that he loves her too, no more as husband and wife, but he will take it for life.”
Carlton added that the timing of the break up did hinder dos Santos from a mental standpoint, saying, “it was a bad time and we know the psychological and even physical damage that it causes.”