UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos has been pretty banged up in the past despite his successful career and not just in terms of any beatings he’s taken inside the Octagon. Dos Santos has dealt with a multitude of injuries since emerging as a force in the division including a life-threatening blood condition he developed as the result of overtraining before his December duel with current champion Cain Velasquez.

Though the 15-2 Dos Santos has paid a physical price to pursue his dreams, “Cigano” is perfectly comfortable with the risks involved.

“You know, I think it’s worth it. This is my life. This is everything I have,” admitted Dos Santos in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “People don’t know how hard we (work) and what we sacrifice to (be successful). MMA athletes train so much, you know. I would continue to (do what I’m doing). I want it so badly. I want to give everything I have to this. This is everything to me.”

“I just love this,” he concluded.

The 28-year old slugger will put his body on the line later tonight in a co-headlining tilt with fellow striker Mark Hunt at UFC 160. The bout will be his first since losing a one-sided decision Velasquez.