Dos Santos’ most recent triumph was also one of his most important. At the time, Mark Hunt was on a four-fight winning streak and had the type of stand-up many felt would serve as a stiff test for “Cigano”, while Dos Santos was coming off a one-sided beatdown to Cain Velasquez. However, Dos Santos’ boxing proved to be vastly superior. He popped Hunt early in the first and kept the pressure on, eventually landing a Spinning Hook Kick putting “The Super Samoan” down for the count. It was a beautiful finish and a big victory for a man whose confidence could have been at rock bottom after his performance against Velasquez.
UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos has faced a murderers’ row since making his Octagon debut in 2008 but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his 10-1 mark under the organization’s banner. Along the way “Cigano” has established himself as one of the top big men in Mixed Martial Arts thanks to his powerful, precise striking, as well as laid claim to divisional gold as he’ll hope to do again next weekend in Houston when he collides with champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 166 to complete a trilogy between the two talented competitors. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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