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"Cigano"

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Junior dos Santos

Junior "Cigano" dos Santos

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  • Name: Junior dos Santos
  • Professional MMA Record: 17-3-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Cigano
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1984.01.30
  • Last Fight: December 13, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Nova União
  • Height: 6'4" (193cm) | Reach: 77.0" (196cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,750,000 USD
  • Born: Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

Gyms & Affiliations

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When a still-green Junior dos Santos made his UFC debut, few picked him to upset veteran heavyweight Fabricio Werdum in such stunning fashion in their bout at UFC 90 in October of 2008. One minute and 20 seconds later, Werdum was asleep on the canvas and dos Santos had come out of nowhere to capture the interest of the MMA world.


It turned out he was only getting started. Blistering victories over Stefan Struve, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga, all of them coming by way of knockout or TKO, validated dos Santos as one of the most explosive heavyweight strikers in the world. His rise was so quick, and so dramatic, that not all of MMA’s fan base is fully aware yet that he ranks among the world’s best heavyweights. In his nine UFC fights, he has finished all but two opponents by strikes. Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin are the only men to have gone to decision with Cigano. Both men are known to have granite chins.


Continuing his tutelage under the Black House MMA camp, which houses some of Brazil's most gifted fighters, dos Santos has earned a reputation as one of the most feared young heavyweights in the world today.


After his fight against Roy Nelson Junior was invited to be a coach on the Ultimate Fighter. He would coach opposite Brock Lesnar and the two were supposed to meet in the Octagon after the show but Lesnar had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Dos Santos fought Shane Carwin instead and defeated him via unanimous decision. With the victory over Carwin, “Cigano” earned a title shot against Cain Velazquez.

 

The title fight between Velazquez and Dos Santos was shown on free TV and 8 million Americans saw Dos Santos victorious again that night. He knocked Velazquez out in under a minute.  He dispatched Mir in the second round due to strikes. He was set to rematch Cain Velasquez at UFC 155. In a surprising turn of events, dos Santos was utterly dominated through all five rounds. He was rocked several times throughout the fight and taken down at will by Velasquez. Before the fight, he was touted as having the best take down defense in the whole division, but Velasquez did not care. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.


Dos Santos would make his next appearance at UFC 160 taking on the 9 - 7 Mark Hunt in the Co Main Event. Hunt, who expressed interest in the fight after learning that Dos Santos' original opponent, Alistair Overeem, was forced to pull out of the bout with a quadricep injury, was riding a 4 fight winning streak and looking to add a victory over a top 5 heavyweight to his resume. However Dos Santos would finish Hunt with a highlight reel wheel kick in the third round of their fight. The fight also earned Fight of the Night honors.

 

Dos Santos again met Velasquez when they headlined UFC 166 to complete their trilogy and again fight for the Heavyweight crown. In a fight that had many parallels to their second meeting, both fighters showed tremendous heart. This time though, JDS would come up short again, being stopped by TKO in the fifth round. Their epic trilogy has been called one of the best in the history of MMA and proved that both men are two of the greatest heavyweights to ever compete.


Junior Dos Santos used to have a hair just like Cigano (gypsy).  Not literally a gyspy, Cigano was the name for a fictional character in a Brazilian Novel called "Explode Coracao". People used to make fun of him by calling him Cigano, but after awhile he got used to it and today it is his nickname

Last updated 04.09.2014, 1:55 PM ET
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Junior dos Santos Heavyweight Ranking History

Junior dos Santos MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Stipe Miocic
16-3-0 12-1-0

UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.12.13
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC on FOX 13 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Stipe Miocic UFC UFN 2014.05.31
Reason: Dos Santos Hand Injury
Cancelled Bout Stipe Miocic UFC 173 2014.05.24
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:09 Round 5 of 5, 23:09 Total

Cain Velasquez
16-2-0 12-1-0

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2013.10.19
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#28 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | KO/TKO
4:18 Round 3 of 3, 14:18 Total

Mark Hunt
15-2-0 9-7-0

UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.05.25
Odds: -475 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $290,000 ($120K Base, $120K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#35 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#9 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#4 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 160 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Alistair Overeem UFC 160 2013.05.25
Reason: Overeem Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Cain Velasquez
15-1-0 10-1-0

UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.12.29
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $400,000 Base | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#20 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#44 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:04 Round 2 of 5, 8:04 Total

Frank Mir
14-1-0 16-5-0

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.05.26
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#36 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Cancelled Bout Alistair Overeem UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Overeem Testosterone Levels
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:04 Round 1 of 5

Cain Velasquez
13-1-0 9-0-0

UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2011.11.12
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $285,000 ($110K Base, $110K Bonus, $65K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#49 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#13 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC on FOX 1 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Shane Carwin
12-1-0 12-1-0

UFC 131: Carwin vs. Dos Santos
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.06.11
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#26 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Cancelled Bout Brock Lesnar UFC 131 2011.06.11
Reason: Lesnar Diverticulitis
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Roy Nelson
11-1-0 15-4-0

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($40K Base, $40K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs | Referee: Marcos Rosales | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#13 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:53 Round 1 of 3

Gabriel Gonzaga
10-1-0 11-4-0

UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.03.21
Odds: -290 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($35K Base, $35K Bonus, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#16 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC on Versus 1 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Gabriel Gonzaga UFC 108 2010.01.02
Reason: Gonzaga Staph Infection
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:07 Round 1 of 3

Gilbert Yvel
9-1-0 36-13-1

UFC 108: Evans vs Silva
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.01.02
Odds: -311 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#97 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#17 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Punch
2:00 Round 3 of 3, 12:00 Total

Mirko Filipovic
8-1-0 25-6-2

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.09.19
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 236.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:54 Round 1 of 3

Stefan Struve
7-1-0 16-2-0

UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.02.21
Odds: -293 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:21 Round 1 of 3

Fabrício Werdum
6-1-0 11-3-1

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.10.25
Odds: +450 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 234.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Fennell
#25 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#20 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 90 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Gerônimo Dos Santos

Demo Fight

2008.05.24
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Joaquim Ferreira

Sao Paulo Regional

2007.11.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jair Gonçalves

Brazil Regional

2007.09.29
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Edson Silva

Brazil Regional

2007.04.29
Win | Submission

Joaquim Ferreira

Brazil Regional

2007.04.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Eduardo Maiorino

Sao Paulo Regional

2006.12.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jailson Silva Santos

Demo Fight

2006.07.16

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    Highlight  |  Vol.1 of The Black House MMA Series feat. Feijao, Anderson Silva and Dos Santos report dead link

    In a three part series, The Lux profiles the Brazilian fighters of Black House MMA. Volume 1 features Feijao Cavalcante, Anderson Silva and Junior Dos Santos.

  • Interview  |  Junior Dos Santos Early Interview in Brazil by BadBoy report dead link

    Badboy spoke to Junior Dos Santos about his origins in the sport of MMA in this video from 2008, before he was a major star.

  • Training  |  Junior Dos Santos Sparring with Shogun Video by BadBoy report dead link

    BadBoy brand shot this video of an up and coming Junior Dos Santos sparring with Shogun Rua in 2008.

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