Former UFC champion Junior dos Santos has an opportunity to win back the title this weekend during his trilogy fight with the current champ Cain Velasquez, but as it turns out this fight was dangerously close to being called off.
Dos Santos was spotted at open workouts for UFC 166 with what appeared to be a fresh scar on his forehead, and dos Santos stated that the cut was suffered a few weeks ago and required stitches.
“It was in the training (camp), and it was accidental,” dos Santos said, via MMA Fighting. “But not too [bad]. I’m okay already.”
For a lot of fighters, a cut that requires stitches could cause them to withdraw from the fight, but the UFC was relying so heavily on dos Santos and he wants the rematch as bad as anything so he was ready to step up and fight no matter what.
If you want to see the fresh scar on dos Santos’ head, check out the photo below that came from Ester Lin of MMA Fighting: