Junior dos Santos


Third straight knockout loss
August 15, 2020
Dos Santos lost to Jair Rozenstruik via TKO (punches) at 3:47 of Round 2 at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
One would have surmised that the longer this fight went, the better it was for Dos Santos. It appeared as if that was indeed the case until Rozenstruik connected with one big combination. JDS was reasonably effective prior to the stoppage. He wasn't landing any consistent offense, but he was managing to limit Jair's strikes. JDS was clearly the more technical striker of the two, but his chin once again let him down. It's fair to question how much Dos Santos have left in the tank at age 36. He has been knocked out in three straight fight. Yes, those losses came against Rozenstruik, Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes, but the durability of JDS has been a concern for years and is clearly still trending in the wrong direction. It's impossible the UFC would cut bait here, but expecting Dos Santos to compete against the top heavyweights in the world isn't realistic at this point.
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Scheduled for UFC 252
June 12, 2020
Dos Santos will square off at UFC 252 versus Jair Rozenstruik on Aug 15, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Dos Santos has taken a pair of losses versus Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes via TKO in each of his last two bouts but will aim to get back on track versus Rozenstruik, who also went down early via the hands of Ngannou in his last bout. The winner of the bout could align himself well for a future shot at one of the top contenders in the division. The two sport identical heights, but Dos Santos surrenders an inch of reach to his opponent.
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.
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.