It looks like Junior dos Santos is still hurting from his loss against Ciryl Gane at UFC 256, last month. He still believes that Ciryl Gane caught him with an illegal shot, causing him to loss via. TKO. The loss meant that the Brazilian has no wins in his last four fights, losing all via. TKO.
Speaking of this in an interview AG Fight, dos Santos also condemned the way UFC dealt with his loss, reiterating the fact that Ciryl Gane caught him with an illegal elbow to the back of his head. Wanting justice, dos Santos claimed that the incident has affected him psychologically.
“I think they’re trying to make this blow over because of the negative point I currently am in my career” – Junior dos Santos
Condemning the promotion, dos Santos said, “The UFC never said a word. It’s fine by them. I find that absurd. A clearly illegal shot and the president and a bunch of fighters think that what happened was acceptable. Actually, everyone agrees that it was illegal, but they said I turned around and positioned myself that way. To make a comparison, which I don’t even think I should, that’s like blaming the victim for a crime of theft, murder, or rape. I don’t think it was intentional, but that doesn’t make it any less illegal. They said I turned around. I didn’t. I was already standing sideways for about eight seconds and you can see the elbow hit the back of my head from there.“
He continued, “I think they’re trying to make this blow over because of the negative point I currently am in my career. I was coming off three losses and he is a guy on the rise, undefeated. Maybe they want to capitalize on that. I don’t know and I don’t care. I just want justice to be made.”
Speaking about the impact the loss has had, dos Santos said, “Professionally, it’s has been rather heavy moment in my career. This is a tough sport and you need to be psychologically healthy in order to give your best. I feel great physically, but I feel like my psychological side has been affected. You have to tear down so many walls that it takes a toll. I’ve been dedicating myself to put my mind in the right place. I love to fight, I want to go on, I’m one of the best heavyweights to ever do it. It hasn’t been happening for me in the Octagon lately. I just need to make some adjustments and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
What are your thoughts on this? Is Junior dos Santos right in his claims?