When Dos Santos debuted against Fabricio Werdum he was written off as little more than a newcomer signed to serve as an easy win for the then-contender. Werdum apparently agreed with the general public’s assessment, showing up for the scrap in subpar shape. Of course, nobody told Dos Santos he was supposed to lose, and he knocked Werdum out in less than 90 seconds. Instantly, “Cigano” made his stamp on the world of MMA and he hasn’t looked back since.
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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