Junior dos Santos


Second-straight TKO loss
January 26, 2020
Dos Santos lost to Curtis Blaydes via TKO (punches) at 1:06 of Round 2 at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
Dos Santos did a great job stifling the takedown attempts of Blaydes in the first round, throwing off a fighter who averages nearly seven takedowns per 15 minutes from his game plan. What dos Santos likely didn't expect is to be bested like this on the feet. Dos Santos seemed to load up on the uppercut on multiple occasions, but the shot was too telegraphed and wasn't able to connect. His opponent had success with both body kicks and the right hand, which likely caused JDS to drop the first round and gave momentum to Blaydes heading into the second. Blaydes faked a takedown attempt and landed a massive overhand right that ended up starting the fight-ending sequence. Dos Santos has now lost two in a row, albeit against some of the most talented heavyweights in the division. His window for a title shot may be closed, but he'll still warrant ranked opposition moving forward.
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Fighting Curtis Blaydes in January
November 13, 2019
Dos Santos (leg) will take on Curtis Blaydes on Jan. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The bout has yet to be officially confirmed by the promotion, but the pair appear to be set to square off in Raleigh, North Carolina for a UFC Fight Night. Dos Santos has recovered from the bacterial infection which caused him to withdraw from a matchup against Alexander Volkov which was supposed to happen on Nov. 9. He'll be looking to bounce back from a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou in June.
Backs out of UFC Moscow with infection
October 22, 2019
Dos Santos (21-6-0) withdrew Tuesday from his scheduled heavyweight fight with Alexander Volkov (30-7-0) at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, citing a serious bacterial infection in his leg, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
According to sources familiar with Dos Santos' condition, the 35-year-old has been hospitalized for the past week and required two procedures to extricate the infection. The heavyweight champion's fight in Moscow was slated to be the last of his contract with the UFC, so he'll presumably look to finish out his commitment at some point later in 2019 or in early 2020 once he's comfortable with where he stands health wise. The UFC will now turn its focus to finding a replacement for Dos Santos in the main event in Russia.
Will face Volkov on Nov. 9
September 8, 2019
Dos Santos will fight Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night in Moscow on Nov. 9.
In a heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night in Moscow, Dos Santos will be looking to revenge his most latest defeat against Francis Ngannou via TKO (punches) in Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Minneapolis on June 29. His counterpart, Volkov, who most recently withdrew from his scheduled heavyweight fight on April 20 against Alistair Overeem, will be returning to action to face Dos Santos.
Destroyed by Francis Ngannou
June 29, 2019
Dos Santos lost to Francis Ngannou via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
No man walking the face of the earth can compete against Ngannou if they can't eat a punch, and Dos Santos' chin and striking defense were nowhere to be found on Saturday. He got popped with a couple leg kicks right off the bat and was pounded with monster punches shortly after that. The 35-year-old Brazilian has bounced back from tough times in the past, but it is going to be very difficult for him to climb back into title contention after a performance like this. The loss snaps a three-fight win streak for JDS.
Fight moved to Minneapolis
May 21, 2019
Dos Santos will now take on Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Minneapolis on June 29, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The pair of heavyweights were originally scheduled to throw down on the pay-per-view portion of the July 6 card in Las Vegas, but the Minneapolis card was left without a main event after the withdrawal of Tyron Woodley (hand). In steps Ngannou and Velasquez in what is expected to be an electrifying fight to determine the next heavyweight title contender. Betting odds for this matchup have yet to be released, but Ngannou has the edge in physical attributes such as height, reach and youth, while dos Santos has an advantage in terms of experience against elite competition.