While his opinion might have changed since his second encounter with Cain Velasquez, Dos Santos has referred to Roy Nelson as the toughest fight of his career. Like Dos Santos, “Big Country” has boxing skills and power, plus an underrated ground-game often forgotten about in the wake of his looping knockout blows. Though Dos Santos was never in trouble in their tilt, it took all the effort he could muster to keep Nelson at bay for fifteen minutes. Still, he didn’t back down, and ultimately came away with a deserved decision nod.
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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