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Junior dos Santos will need surgery for injured knee

Less than 24 hours after achieving his dream of becoming UFC heavyweight champ, newly crowned king Junior dos Santos already has his next challenge lined up and it isn’t the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem.

According to the Brazilian’s team, Dos Santos injured his meniscus a few weeks before last night’s momentous match-up with things flaring up again with less than an hour to go before his bout with Cain Velasquez. As a result of what his doctor dubbed a “lesion”, “Cigano” will be sidelined for a month meaning he should fortunately be good to go early next year for the first defense of his title.

Though Dos Santos referred to his health in the wake of beating Velasquez, the details of his status were provided by Fabio Costa in a conversation with MMATraining.

Dos Santos improved his overall record to 14-1 by beating the formerly undefeated Velasquez about a minute into their historic fight on FOX. He is now 8-0 in the Octagon with some of his other notable victims including Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, and Shane Carwin.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC