JDS: I Could Have Lost My Leg or Even Died…

Junior dos Santos will make his return at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25, taking on Curtis Blaydes in the main event, but the former UFC heavyweight champion says he’s lucky he gets to make this walk to the Octagon after his latest injury.

JDS was scheduled to compete in the main event of UFC Moscow in November against Alexander Volkov but he was forced out of the bout after a leg injury. Dos Santos says when he was initially hospitalized, he was looking to stay on the card, but six days later, he learned of the true severity of the infection and pain in his leg.

“It was extremely serious,” dos Santos said. “I spent a week in the hospital thinking that I would get cleared and fight (Volkov), but the doctor came to me and said, ‘You don’t understand how serious this is.’ He said I was lucky to be a healthy man and that I went to the hospital soon enough, otherwise, I could have gone straight to ICU.”

According to dos Santos, doctor’s informed him he “could have lost my leg or even died” if he waited to go to the hospital any sooner.

“That’s when I truly understood how serious the situation was,” he said. “The first thing that came to my head were my kids and my family, how fragile we are. I was feeling great, strong, happy, training for a fight… Everything going right, and all of a sudden this happens. It was a huge blow.”

It wasn’t long after dos Santos began his recovery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he was offered the fight with Blaydes. He accepted not long after consulting his doctors and coaches.

JDS will look to rebound from seeing a three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Francis Ngannou at UFC Minneapolis in June. Blaydes, meanwhile, looks for his third straight win after defeating Justin Willis at UFC Nashville in March and Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 242.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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