Antonio Carlos Junior
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Draws Tavares at UFC Brasilia
December 2, 2019
Carlos Junior (10-4-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Brad Tavares (17-6-0) in a middleweight fight March 14 at UFC Brasilia, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Carlos Junior was handed a medical suspension after fracturing his nose the last time he entered the Octagon on Sept. 14, but the fact that he's included on the Brasilia card suggests he's received full clearance from doctors at this stage. Like Tavares, the 29-year-old will be looking to shake off a two-fight losing streak after losing in a split decision to Uriah Hall in September and in a unanimous decision to Ian Heinisch last May.
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Handed indefinite medical suspension
September 17, 2019
Carlos Junior has been suspended indefinitely by the British Columbia Athletic Commission pending medical clearance, reports.
Carlos Junior will be required to get a "CT Max and a Cervical Spine," plus may be dealing with a fractured nose. He's at a bit of a crossroads in his career after losing two consecutive bouts, so perhaps a bit of time on the shelf could do him some good. The 29-year-old remains a highly-regarded middleweight, but he has some work to do in his striking game if he wants to compete with fighters who can adequately defend his takedown attempts.
Drops second straight via decision
September 14, 2019
Carlos Junior lost to Uriah Hall via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
Carlos Junior ate a big shot early in the first round that appeared to break his nose, as it was clear throughout the fight that when the two were standing, Hall was a far superior striker. That was also reflected in the final significant strikes totals, where Hall got the nod 34 to 22. When Carlos Junior was in trouble he was able to lean on the takedown, eventually recording three takedowns and two passes on the evening. He even held Hall's back for almost the entirety of the third round, but it wasn't enough to sway the judges.There was a point in which Carlos Junior was on a five-fight winning streak, but then the competition got ramped up and he lost back-to-back contests. When he faces fighters with solid takedown and submission attempts, it has became apparent that Carlos Junior could struggle.
Pitted against Uriah Hall
June 13, 2019
Carlos Junior will take on Uriah Hall in a middleweight fight Sept. 14 at UFC Vancouver, Danny Austin of reports.
Carlos Junior hadn't lost a fight in the octagon in three whole years before he fell to Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 152 back in May. That put an end to a five-fight winning streak for Carlos Junior, but he'll have a prime opportunity to start a new streak against Hall, who is 2-4 in his last six times out.
Win streak snapped at five
May 18, 2019
Carlos Junior lost to Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
The Brazilian looked like he was in for an easy night at the office after dominating Heinisch on the mat in Round 1, but his cardio betrayed him, and Carlos Junior was credited with just 12 total strikes landed over the course of the final two rounds. As Heinisch took him into deeper waters, it became even more difficult for Carlos Junior to secure position, as he slipped on several takedown attempts that left him in vulnerable spots. Never much of a threat on the feet, Carlos Junior is going to struggle in any fight in which he doesn't dominate on the mat. This was a fight that appeared to be in the bag, so the result is highly disappointing for the 29-year-old. The loss snaps a five-fight win streak for Carlos Junior.