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You Knew It Was Coming: Junior Dos Santos Cites “Personal and Kidney Issues” Behind UFC 155 Loss

(As you can tell by the above photo, Junior was feeling a little self-conscious about his looks that night as well.) 

Perhaps it’s because he’s one of the nicest guys in the sport, but we’d like to think that most MMA fans hold Junior Dos Santos to a higher standard than that of most fighters. We sure as hell do. Regardless of who you were rooting for at UFC 155, we defy you to declare that you didn’t weep for the battered former champ as he asked Joe Rogan “Why they do that?” while being met with a chorus of undeserved boos in his post-fight interview. It was like watching a child’s face sink with the unexpected revelation that that there was no Santa. On Christmas Eve.

So it is with heavy hearts that we must bring you the inevitable next chapter in the book of any fallen fighter: The Excuses. To be fair, the problems Junior cited in a recent interview with Brazil’s Esporte were not the typical kind of nonsense you’d hear from 90% of MMA fighters attempting to diagnose a loss, but the fact that we hold Junior in such high regard makes his recent allegations all the more disappointing:

Really was my head. I had some personal things going on, a bit of my attention was lacking because of it. And another thing. Soon after the fight I went to the hospital and had a scan, which showed my creatine was too high. The normal level is up to 300, mine was in 1400. I also had trouble in the urine and kidneys.

 The explanation of the doctors is that I pushed over the line, I over trained, and problems could have happened even before the fight… I was so good that I ended up crossing the line. That was the explanation of doctors. Mine is that I was not good with my head, was having personal problems and did not go well mentally in the fight. 

So Junior kind of psyched himself out is basically what he is saying. It’s understandable, we guess, although one would think that he would be riding a wave of confidence considering how his first fight with Velasquez went down. But Junior’s most recent declaration, besides being a clear ploy to set up a trilogy fight with Velasquez (even though those notions have been all but squashed by Dana White for the time being), kind of feels below him, honestly.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just sick of all these sports stars continuously crushing my unrealistic expectations in regard to their characters. First Lance Armstrong finally admits to PED use and now this; it’s getting too goddamn depressing. So please, Junior, no more of this. And please, future interviewers of Junior, stop pressing him for these kind of excuses. Because excuses are like a drug. One day, you’re simply brushing off your loss as the result of a nagging injury, or a mental issue, and convincing yourself that things will be different the second/third time around. But before you know it, you’re carrying around a fake belt and calling yourself the “true champion” of the division to any two-bit reporter who will entertain your continuously tiring act. It’s a slippery slope.

-J. Jones

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painvelasquez- January 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm
Excuses are like assholes. Everyone's got one and they all stink says this observer..
fishtaco- January 16, 2013 at 3:03 am
jds must have nightmares of cain smashing him over and over.a high creatine level NOT CAIN CRACKING HIM IN THE CHIN IS WHY HE LOST. I swear these fighters if they lose just cant except it cant give props to there apponent why?
Casa de los pantelones- January 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Guess we'll find out in the trilogy...
teep- January 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm
Just for the record, a high creatine level will make you feel like crap and you will have low energy. I am not making excuses for Junior, but levels that high would affect a normal person. I can't imagine the impact on a MMA fighter.
HandsofGold- January 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm
But before you know it, you’re carrying around a fake belt and calling yourself the “true champion” of the division to any two-bit reporter who will entertain your continuously tiring act. It’s a slippery slope.

You just "entertain his continuously tiring act" lmao where do cagepoto find their writers.

If you continue to talk about it then it reminds people no different that doing an actual interview with Sonnen. SMH in shame

El Guapo- January 15, 2013 at 11:19 am
"Really was my head"

I agree. Your face, too. Cain put them thangs on ya.
ArmFarmer- January 15, 2013 at 10:34 am
Maybe he finally realized that he's married to a 2 when he could be pulling 10's left and right. That realization would sure cause me some distracting personal problems...
amsterdamheavy- January 15, 2013 at 10:28 am
JDS was wayyyy tooo overconfident going in to that Cain fight. I had a premonition that it was going to end in tears for him; we has as cocky as a guy that nice could be before that fight and I knew it didnt bode well for him.
amsterdamheavy- January 15, 2013 at 10:28 am
fuck me- HE WAS
Gobbleston- January 15, 2013 at 10:21 am
Well, first up, I don't know if answering questions that could potentially be taken out of context, in a backwater Brazilian article could really be considered him angling for a trilogy. Second; How else do you explain "Y U lose?" when somebody asks? He has to be thinking "I should have won. What could have been the reason why not?" He's not loudly proclaiming his issues, and even rebuking what doctors/coaches told him that are probably true. The noblest answer to the Why is “He was just better than me that night.” But that also brings up the question of “why that night?” Nobody is going to answer “because he’s clearly just a superior fighter. I will only ever win based on luck.” Cut the guy some slack.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 15, 2013 at 9:25 am
I just lost respect for Junior. I'm sick of pathetic post-loss excuses. You lost - just accept it.
Fried Taco- January 15, 2013 at 9:24 am
I heard he was worried about problems he is having with Junior Jr, aka Cigano III. The little guy doesn't want to stand up and salute, er, strike anymore.
algiersheadkick504- January 15, 2013 at 9:22 am
The last paragraph was a jizz bucket dumped on the face of sonnen...and I thought Yall were his fans