LAS VEGAS – Junior dos Santos stretched out his entire 6-foot-4 frame, filling an oversized chair in a locker room at the MGM Grand Garden. Minutes earlier, he'd completed a surprisingly intense workout, just days from his three-round heavyweight bout Saturday against Mark Hunt in the co-main event of UFC 160.
He furrowed his brow and took a deep breath as he pondered a seemingly bizarre, but now pertinent, question: Would he quit, or at least change his methods, if he knew for certain that his job could create health issues that would last the rest of his lifetime?
He wiggled in the chair and clasped his hands behind his head.
"That's a good question," he said. "That's a really good question."
A period of silence ensued before dos Santos shifted in his chair and began to answer. A smile began to crease his face.
"You know, I think it's worth it," he said. "This is my life. This is everything I have. People don't know how hard we [work] and what we sacrifice to [be successful]. MMARead More »from Junior dos Santos: Fighting is worth the health risks because it's 'everything to me'