Dos Santos banged up but back home

Junior Dos Santos is out of the hospital and in good spirits following UFC 166.
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Damon Martin

Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2004. His work has been published in CNN, Bleacher Report, MMAWeekly.com, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He also co-hosts The Great Debate Radio MMA podcast, and has appeared on ESPN Radio and SportsNet Radio. Follow him on Twitter.


Junior Dos Santos spent Saturday night into Sunday morning in a Houston hospital being treated for cuts and bruises sustained during his fifth round loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 166.

Dos Santos' manager Ana Claudia Guedes told UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani that, all told, the Brazilian fighter received 11 total stitches after the fight — seven above his eye, three in his ear and one in his lip. (Helwani's report begins at the 01:00 mark)

During the war of attrition with Velasquez, Dos Santos also suffered some brief memory lapses after the third round but his management team explains that it's normal and they expressed no concerns for his long-term health.

Following his discharge from the hospital, Dos Santos flew home to Brazil where he is currently resting and recovering after the fight against Velasquez in Houston.

The loss on Saturday to Velasquez marked is the second in three fights for Dos Santos — and, for all intents and purposes, the loss puts an end to the heavyweight rivalry for now. Dos Santos is still ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world behind Velasquez, however, so he will still present a very tough challenge to anyone looking to get a crack at the belt in 2014 and beyond.

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