“It doesn’t really bother me, but I think it was kind of disrespectful to my coach, my mentor, Yuri Carlton,” began Dos Santos, addressing Ngannou’s comments. “It was disrespectful to say that. Saying bad things about a black belt, I think the whole jiu-jitsu community doesn’t like that.
“But why is he even talking about this?” he asked rhetorically. “What kind of credentials does he have to say something like that about me? He doesn’t know s*** about jiu-jitsu, so what the f*** is he saying that I’m not a black belt? He doesn’t understand anything about jiu-jitsu, so shut up!”
Although he laughed as soon as he finished sounding off, the insinuation that his credentials are somehow fraudulent clearly tweaked Dos Santos and while he’s unsure of Ngannou’s motivation for making such an outlandish claim, the former champion wanted to make it clear that he’s not going to be goaded into altering his approach once the two get inside the Octagon on Saturday night.
“If they are thinking they can say something like that to avoid getting punched in the face, they’re wrong because there will be a lot of punching him in the face,” said Dos Santos. “(My first thoughts was), ‘This guy is saying s*** because he wants me to put him down and do something (on the ground),’ but it’s not going to work.
So no blast doubles to start the fight then?