Cain Velasquez has 10 knockouts in 12 fights, but according to Junior dos Santos, he still "hits like a girl."
The former UFC heavyweight champ made a guest appearance on Panico, a Brazilian radio show, to talk about his upcoming rubber match with Velasquez, which is rumored for UFC 166 in October.
"I had no cuts against Cain Velasquez. And he hits like a girl. He hit me a lot during the five rounds, but did not open any cuts, although I was very bloated and had to go to the hospital," said Dos Santos, who was translated by Fighters Only magazine on their website.
Perhaps Dos Santos isn't giving his own self enough credit for having one of the sturdiest chins in MMA.
Dos Santos has competed against a plethora of heavyweights with devastating knockout power, including Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin, Gilbert Yvel and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. There is enough power in that list alone to light up an entire city.
Still, Dos Santos never even batted an eyelash in the stand-up with any of these individuals. Only one fighter in the UFC can lay claim to having hurt Dos Santos in the stand-up exchanges, and coincidentally enough, he's the fighter Dos Santos is now claiming hits like a girl.
Velasquez made statistical history in the rematch with Dos Santos back in December by landing 111 significant strikes and securing 11 takedowns. Dos Santos' face wasn't even recognizable after the fight.
The first official verbal jab being thrown should only add to the anticipation for this heavyweight showdown.
For a long time, Velasquez and Dos Santos have been considered the best heavyweights in the world. Few times in combat sports are fans ever given a legitimate trilogy, and it doesn't get any better than these two.
In 2011, it only took Dos Santos 64 seconds to knock out Velasquez and claim the UFC title. Velasquez immediately jumped right back on the horse in 2012 and avenged his loss in lopsided fashion.
What will be the story of 2013?