September 20, 2009

by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com

Heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos spoke with MMAWeekly.com after his career-making victory against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 103. 

The soft-spoken 25-year-old insisted he wasn’t trying to beat the striker at his own game, but that’s what happened. 

Filipovic appeared to wilt under the pressure of Dos Santos, leading many to believe he was not mentally prepared to face the up-and-comer. Dos Santos isn’t certain about such an idea; he felt his team, including heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, had prepared him to give his best. 

“I didn’t feel he was intimidated at all in there,” he said of Cro Cop. “When he would engage, I felt like he was there. He had the appetite to keep fighting. 

“But I actually hit him with some strikes, and I felt it a little bit, but thank God, I just kept moving forward and was able to execute my game.” 

(Click here to watch the entire UFC 103 post-fight video interview with Junior Dos Santos.)