Giva Santana Speaks on His Retirement Following Bellator 98 Loss
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.08.2013
He was knocked out by Jason Butcher...
Giva Santana spoke on his Bellator 98 loss to Jason Butcher. Following the bout, Santana announced his retirement from MMA. Below are some highlights:
Santana on injuries leading to his decision to retire: "As time goes by, you start to feel things more and more until you feel it's time to stop. After training for years, the body starts to complain about the injuries that pile up. I told everyone I was fine for this fight, but actually I had an injured arm and ribcage from sparring in Rio de Janeiro. This rib injury, especially, really affected my training. But it was an accident. I thought I broke a rib, but gladly that wasn't the case. It was the cartilage. These things happen. When I came back from Rio, I tried to continue training but I couldn't all I wanted."
Santana on his performance against Butcher: "I am happy with my performance. My jiu-jitsu worked, as it always does. I was able to control him well on the ground. When we traded on the feet, that didn't go so well. But I am happy. I had a good career. I represented jiu-jitsu for real, from the heart."
Santana on wanting to be an example in the sport: "I wish to serve as an example. I want to be a good example for those kids learning the sport. If they see something in my game they like, by all means, use it. What doesn't work so well, they don't have to use. I also wish to be an example of good diet, health and longevity."