Junior dos Santos Biography Introduction:
In other words, his striking skills really are that good. Here is his story.
Date of Birth:
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Martial Arts Background:
Early MMA Career:
UFC and TUF 13:
Dos Santos has some of the fastest hands in the heavyweight division. That would be easier to deal with if he didn't hit so hard. What's more, this explosive athlete also possesses some of the best uppercuts in the sport of MMA.
Some of Junior's Greatest Victories:
- Dos Santos defeats Cain Velasquez by KO at the UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez was supposed to be the UFC's next great fighter. But one early overhand right from dos Santos changed a lot of people's opinions. We're talking about the UFC on FOX's initial event- so it was a pretty big stage, to boot. And on top of it all, dos Santos walked away with the UFC heavyweight strap for his efforts.
- Dos Santos defeats Roy Nelson by unanimous decision at UFC 117: Nelson showed amazing toughness, withstanding a ridiculous amount of power strikes from dos Santos on the night. Still, in the end, the former TUF champion was clearly outclassed by his Brazilian counterpart, which put Dos Santos on people's championship radar.
- Dos Santos defeats Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic by verbal submission at UFC 103: Dos Santos connected first and often on Cro Cop, whom eventually wilted under the pressure that the Brazilian fighter brought. Along with this, he did damage in the clinch which left Cro Cop unable to see in the third round, forcing the Croatian to submit. By defeating the one time heavyweight king of MMA striking at his own game, dos Santos gained a lot of credibility.
- Dos Santos defeats Fabricio Werdum by KO at UFC 90: Dos Santos made his MMA debut with a first round uppercut that ended Werdum's night. It was a huge upset that left people wondering whether he had gotten lucky or was legitimately that good. Either way, people began to watch him.