Junior Dos Santos does not remember most of the UFC 166 fight with Cain Velasquez. Afterwards he was under the impression he had been knocked out in the second round. His corner believe he fought from round two onwards “on autopilot”.
The fight actually ended in the fifth round when Junior collapsed to floor with a last-minute submission attempt and struck his head on the canvas with force. In the hospital later that night he couldn’t remember doing a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“I’m feeling good. I came to the hospital to have some stitches in the cut I had. The pain is only in the heart, because I didn’t manage to give a good performance in the Octagon,” he said in a message relayed via Combate.com
“Now it’s time to go back to the gym and train, dedicate myself to come back stronger than ever and, who knows, some day dispute the championship again and be able to honor the support from everybody who believed in me.”
Cigano received immediate medical attention at the Toyota Center arena in Houston, being examined by doctors who then ordered that he be sent to hospital for brain scans to ensure there was no facial-cranium or intra-cranium bleeding that had not been detected.
Despite his swollen face the former heavyweight champion was in a good mood, joking with nurses and doctors. He was released early on Sunday morning but did not want to be photographed. We know that stitches were made over his right eye and left ear.