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Junior Dos Santos opens up on the 'absurd mistakes' he made in UFC fights with Cain Velasquez

Susan Cox - May 20, 2022

Junior Dos Santos has opened up about the ‘absurd mistakes’ he made in his UFC fights with Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos (21-9 MMA) and Velasquez (14-3 MMA) fought a total of three times in the Octagon. The two heavyweights met at UFC Fox 1 in 2011, UFC 155 in 2012, and at UFC 166 in October 2013. While Dos Santos won their first battle, he succumbed to defeat against Cain the next two times out.

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UFC

Junior dos Santos sounds off on UFC release after losing streak: "They were trying to drain everything I could provide for them"

Josh Evanoff - May 19, 2022

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has given his thoughts on his UFC release. ‘Cigano’ was released from the promotion in March 2021. The parting of ways wasn’t shocking, as he’d lost four straight fights. Dos Santos was brutally knocked out by Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Ciryl Gane in his final bouts.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov states he hopes to work with Bellator to book Fedor Emelianenko vs. Junior dos Santos

Josh Evanoff - May 18, 2022

Khabib Nurmagomedov would like to work with Bellator to book Fedor Emelianenko’s final fight. The head of Eagle FC would like to send Junior dos Santos in for the job. ‘Cigano’ is set to face fellow UFC veteran Yorgan De Castro this Friday at Eagle FC 47. The bout is slated as a title eliminator bout. The winner of the fight was expected to face Eagle FC heavyweight champion Rizvan Kuniev, well before today.

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Junior dos Santos signs with Eagle FC, set to headline a card in May against a UFC veteran

Cole Shelton - March 9, 2022

Junior dos Santos has signed with Eagle FC. On Wednesday, Khabib Nurmagomedov went on ESPN and announced he has signed Dos Santos to his promotion. The former UFC heavyweight champion will headline an Eagle FC card on May 20 against UFC veteran, Yorgan Se Castro. The co-main event of the card will also see a battle of ex-UFC fighters as Hector Lombard will take on Thiago Silva. The event is expected to take place at FLXcast Arena in Miami.

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Brendan Schaub reacts to Junior dos Santos vs. Kubrat Pulev fight booking: “It’s crazy!”

Susan Cox - December 28, 2021

Brendan Schaub has shared his thoughts on the upcoming fight booking between Junior dos Santos and Kubrat Pulev. The former UFC heavyweight, Schaub, detailed his opinion during the most recent episode of ‘Below the Belt’.

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UFC

Junior dos Santos signs with Triller, set to face Kubrat Pulev in Triad Combat

Cole Shelton - December 21, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has found a new home. According to TMZ Sports, dos Santos has inked a deal with Triller and will debut in early 2022 (likely in February) against Kubrat Pulev. The fight will take place in Triad Combat which puts MMA fighters vs. boxers under a set of rules intended to “level the playing field.”

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Junior Dos Santos says Mike Tyson owes him $50k for prior UFC bonus snub

Chris Taylor - November 13, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos claims Mike Tyson owes him $50k after getting him snubbed of a previous performance bonus. Dos Santos (21-9 MMA) was handed his walking papers from UFC officials shortly after suffering a TKO loss to Ciryl Gane in December of 2020. The setback had marked the former champions fourth in a row, with all 4 of those losses coming by way of stoppage.

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Junior dos Santos signs with a boxing management company, plans to fight and beat Fury, Wilder and Joshua in the future

Cole Shelton - November 2, 2021

Junior dos Santos will be off to boxing. The former UFC heavyweight champion in dos Santos signed with S-Jam BOXING a boxing management company. They will be co-managing him and fight news will be coming soon.

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UFC

Junior dos Santos reveals how UFC was "really unprofessional" during final two fights with promotion

Adam D Martin - October 21, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos revealed how the UFC was “really unprofessional” during his final two fights with the promotion. Dos Santos is the former UFC heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters to ever compete at that weight class in the UFC. However, following four straight losses in the Octagon, including a TKO loss to Ciryl Gane at UFC 256, the promotion decided to let him go. Considering dos Santos was a former champion and is universally regarded as one of the best people in the business, it was surprising to see the UFC let him go when he made it clear that he wanted to stick around longer. Since being cut by the UFC, dos Santos has joined AEW Wrestling and he is happy there, but he still has qualms with the UFC.

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Video | Jake Hager slams Junior dos Santos through a table at AEW Rampage

Christopher Taylor - October 15, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos made his professional wrestling debut at tonight’s AEW Rampage event in Miami. Dos Santos (21-9 MMA) competed in a six-man tag team match which served as the evenings main event.

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Junior Dos Santos set to make pro wrestling debut with Jorge Masvidal in corner

Drake Riggs - October 8, 2021

Junior Dos Santos is making the move from the octagon to the ring – at least for now. Dos Santos, 37, is the former UFC heavyweight champion of the world. To win the title in 2011, he scored a quick 64-second knockout against Cain Velasquez. Ten years later and just like his rival, “Cigano” will follow Velasquez’s footsteps in trying his hand at pro wrestling.

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Junior dos Santos disappointed by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Johnson fight booking: "I don't understand why"

Adam D Martin - August 9, 2021

Heavyweight Junior dos Santos is disappointed by the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Johnson fight booking, saying that “I don’t understand why.” Emelianenko is set to return to the Bellator cage this October in Moscow, Russia, and when the news first broke that “The Last Emperor” was going to fight again, immediately big names like dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, and even Jake Hager all threw their names in the hat to get the chance to face off with the legend. However, Bellator decided to choose Johnson instead, and that disappointed dos Santos.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Junior dos Santos could reportedly happen in Russia

Drake Riggs - March 30, 2021

Junior dos Santos is no longer a part of the UFC roster. What could be next? Signs are pointing to a potential Fedor Emelianenko dream bout. Last week, dos Santos shared his openness to joining the Bellator roster – more specifically, he loves the idea of a fight with “The Last Emperor” who he’s a big fan of. Fast forward to the present day, and some traction behind the scenes is reportedly being made.

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Junior dos Santos upset by cold way UFC and Dana White cut him: "I haven't talked to him in years"

Adam D Martin - March 19, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos is upset by the cold way the UFC and Dana White cut him, saying “I haven’t talked to him in years.” White said late last year that the UFC would be making 60 cuts from its roster, and some of them were going to be tough cuts. In recent weeks, both dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, two staples of the UFC heavyweight division for the past decade, were both released. Both men are getting up there in age and both fighters are coming off of TKO losses, to Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov, respectively, but it was still surprising to see two top-15 heavyweights get the boot. White suggested it was due to their age and their recent performances, but others have suggested their paychecks were part of the reason, too.

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Junior dos Santos files appeal regarding TKO loss to Ciryl Gane at UFC 256

Adam D Martin - March 18, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has officially filed an appeal regarding his TKO loss to Ciryl Gane back at UFC 256. Dos Santos was recently cut by the UFC after losing four straight fights, the last which came against Gane at UFC 256. In that fight, Gane hit JDS with an elbow that appeared to potentially land on the back of his head. However, referee Jerin Valel did not call a foul and the fight was declared a TKO win for Gane. JDS was not happy about the loss and vented about his frustrations with the result of the fight immediately following the contest, but it wasn’t enough to save his job. After 13 years of being with the world’s leading MMA promotion, JDS was released, and he’s not thrilled the cut came after the loss to Gane.

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BKFC "interested" in Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, have already reached out to their teams

Cole Shelton - March 5, 2021

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is looking to add Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem to their heavyweight roster. It was recently revealed both dos Santos and Overeem were removed from the heavyweight ranks. Shortly thereafter, it was reported both men were released from the promotion and they both confirmed the news on their social media.

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Junior dos Santos issues statement confirming UFC release

Adam Martin - March 3, 2021

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos issued a statement confirming that he was released by the world’s leading MMA promotion. Dos Santos and his former rival Alistair Overeem were both removed from the UFC rankings on Wednesday, which indicated they were released by the promotion. Not long after word broke on social media that “Cigano” and “Ubereem” were cut, the Brazilian took to his social media to confirm the news. Check out the statement JDS posted on Instagram.

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Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos have been removed from the UFC rankings

Cole Shelton - March 3, 2021

Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos have been removed from the UFC heavyweight ranks. With the rankings being updated every Tuesday, fans were waiting to see if any major changes would take place. Although UFC Vegas 20 shouldn’t have changed up much of the ranks, the heavyweight division saw some notable change as Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos were removed from the rankings.

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