The UFC gave media an opportunity to sit down with UFC 131 headliners Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin earlier today and Five Ounces of Pain was on hand to relay interesting nuggets of information back to readers.

Read below and see what the two hulking heavyweights have to say about the change to their originally scheduled bouts, facing each other in hopes of earning a shot at champ Cain Velasquez, and more…


– Feels Carwin is very dangerous and respects him but believes in himself enough to feel 100% confident in his upcoming performance
– Hasn’t fought for ten months and says the break has been too long for him so he’s excited about getting back in the cage
– Says TUF 13 was a great experience for him and he learned a lot
– Expects to stand with Carwin but is ready to fight on the ground if need be / “It doesn’t matter where – I’m ready to fight.”
– Has not talked to Lew Polley since TUF 13
– His training camp didn’t change from Lesnar to Carwin though his strategy will be a bit different. “With Brock I could use my boxing more – smarter, easier – and now I have to be more careful.”
– Thinks he is fast, has good hand-speed, a strong guy, and has enough skills to make a hard fight for any opponent
– Right now his focus is on beating Carwin so he’s not concerned with “UFC Rio” as much as he might have enjoyed fighting in front of his fellow Brazilians
– Said he would still do the Ultimate Fighter over again even if he knew Brock Lesnar wouldn’t be able to compete due to the friends he made on the show
– Will be looking for a knockout regardless of Carwin’s reputation for being able to absorb damage


– Has struggled with a neck injury throughout his career causing nerves in his neck to be pinched and numbness in his limbs/back. Explains the difference in his condition since getting surgery is “night and day”
– Says he doesn’t know if there is such a thing as “warm up” fights in the UFC and has no problem with drawing Dos Santos in his return bout
– Is extremely excited about the opportunity he’s been given after being promoted from an undercard match-up to the main event
– Says he is “living a dream” and couldn’t ask for a better job than the one he has
– Learned a lot from his fight against Lesnar and feels he’s corrected the issues causing him to ultimately lose the bout such as picking/choosing his shots when he knocks an opponent down, doing some things with his nutrition and cardio
– “Dos Santos and I got to where we’re at by knocking people out on our feet. We’re both explosive fighters and the fans are gonna have a real treat come UFC 131 when it comes to that main event.”
– Eats mostly organic at this point. Feels like he has more energy, recovers better, and is better in general due to the change in his diet. Is down approximately 25 pounds from his previous weight (255 rather than 280).
– His prayers are with Lesnar in terms of recovering from surgery and getting back to living life
– Like Dos Santos he maintained the same type of camp when he received the change in opponent but his strategy has also changed to suit the Brazilian’s
– Feels Lesnar and Dos Santos are both equally dangerous opponent though in different ways
– Isn’t intending to take Dos Santos down because he trusts his own stand-up and power