Júnior dos Santos Almeida, mais conhecido como Júnior Cigano  ou Júnior dos Santos (Caçador, 30 de janeiro de 1984) é um lutador brasileiro de artes marciais mistas (MMA) especialista em boxe. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir stepped in as his replacement. He is currently ranked as the #7 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.com. Overeem knocked out Dos Santos towards the end of the second round. Not long afterwards, Dos Santos tested positive for banned substances and was forced to undergo a USADA suspension despite protesting his innocence confusedly.. After finally returning from suspension Dos Santos faced the debuting former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoi Ivanov. In addition to his native Portuguese, Dos Santos speaks English. A month or so before the fight, however, Overeem tested positive for steroids and was pulled from the fight. The two went to war for four and a half rounds with Velasquez dictating the pace and dominating Dos Santos against the cage between heated exchanges inside the clinch. During the third round, dos Santos dominated Filipović in the clinch with knee strikes, and followed up with punches. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Nonstopufc Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. Dos Santos had no trouble picking apart the jiu jitsu specialist en route to a second round technical knockout victory in his first title defense. Dos Santos states that Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is his hero. Junior "Cigano" dos Santos (n. 30 ianuarie 1984) este un luptător brazilian de arte marțiale … During his recovery Dos Santos publicly stated his consideration to drop down to the light-heavyweight division of the UFC. Dos Santos was itching to defend his belt soon afterwards. He dominated Ivanov in an overheated but packed Idaho stadium, defeating him via unanimous decision before calling out Miocic for a rubber match. Instead Dos Santos next fought a rematch with Miocic, this time for the UFC heavyweight championship. After the victory Dos Santos battled injuries. Junior Dos Santos is the former UFC heavyweight champion with impressive finishing victories over Cain Velasquez, Stefan Struve, Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipovic, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga and Mark Hunt. A month before the bout, Lesnar pulled out after a resurgence of his diverticulitis. He currently competes as a Heavyweight in the UFC. Dos Santos next coached the thirteenth season of TUF versus former champion Brock Lesnar. Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem defeated Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, ending 2011 impressively to earn a shot at Dos Santos's title. He received his nickname "Cigano" by showing up to practice with long hair placed in a ponytail, Cigano meaning Gypsy in Portuguese, The name is an allusion to a character from an old Brazilian soap opera, addressing the culture of the gypsies in Brazil. Dos Santos obtained his biggest win to date over Mirko Filipović at UFC 103. He was set to fight Lesnar at the end to decide who faced Velasquez for the belt. Santos won the Heavyweight title against the champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 1 by TKO in the 4th round, Santos won against Alistair Overeem at UFC 6 in London, England by KO to retrain the title, Dos Santos beat Brock Lesnar to retain the title at UFC 1O, Dos Santos won his 3rd fight as champions against Stefan Struve at UFC 14, Dos Santos retained the title at UFC 19 against Travis Browne by KO in 3rd round in which many people thought he was behind in the fight, Dos Santos lost the title at UFC 27 to Shane Carwin by KO, Dos Santos won his next fight at UFC on Non Stop Sport 1 against Mirko Cro Cop by KO, Dos Santos beat Shane Carwin by TKO in the main event of Fight Night 10, Dos Santos lost to Mirko Cro Cop by Unanimous decision in the co main event of UFC 40, Dos Santos lost to Dan Severn by Submission in the co main event of UFC 44, Dos Santos lost in the main event of Fight Night 18 by TKO to Pat Barry. Instead, dos Santos fought Gilbert Yvel, winning the fight via TKO during the first round, giving him his fourth straight UFC victory, finishing all his opponents. Instead Dos Santos next signed to fight Stipe Miocic. It was a significant moral victory for Dos Santos that the fight was the first decision of Carwin's career. He was unfortunately injured shortly before the fight with a broken hand. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Dos Santos defeated Carwin via unanimous decision to secure the title shot against Velasquez once more. Dos Santos then fought Ben Rothwell winning via a measured and impressive unanimous decision, possibly signaling a return to form. Dos Santos previously beat Miocic by a close unanimous decision at UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic in 2014. Background. After the victory, Dos Santos signed to defend his belt for the second time against rival Cain Velasquez at the UFC's year-end event in December 2012. He currently competes as a Heavyweight in the yoUFC. Miocic made his second title defense against Junior dos Santos on May 13, 2017, at UFC 211 in a rematch. Junior dos Santos (born as Junior dos Santos Almeida on September 12, 1984) is a professional Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the heavyweight division of … With the win, he earned a title shot against the winner of the fight between champion Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez. The awe-inspiring victory over Hunt earned Dos Santos a rubber match for the UFC heavyweight title against his nemesis, the champion Cain Velasquez. The fight was rescheduled and Dos Santos finally fought Miocic; the two went to war with Dos Santos pulling out a gutsy unanimous decision victory despite having his own face bloodied to match Miocic's. Considered a major underdog, dos Santos knocked out top contender Fabricio Werdum in the first round with a strong uppercut. Velasquez won and Dos Santos was set to make a run at the heavyweight title versus Cain. Dos Santos gave no excuses, saying that Velasquez had been the better man and he hoped for a rubber match for the title sooner rather than later. Dos Santos once again lent the strength of truth to claims by fans that his standup was dominant and his chin was made of granite. Miocic vs. dos Santos II. yoUFC Heavyweight Champion (1 Time: Current) Dos Santos defeated Gabriel Gonzaga on March 21, 2010, at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones by knockout in the first round. In addition to his native Portuguese, Dos Santos speaks English. Fighting in the heavyweight division, dos Santos works under the tutelage of former UFC and PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. JDS posing with Cain's corner after the rubber match. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. https://nonstopufc.fandom.com/wiki/Junior_dos_Santos?oldid=7224, Red Rock Casino resort & Spa, Paradise, Nevada, USA. He currently competes as a Heavyweight in the UFC. Miocic had knocked out Fabricio Werdum to win the belt. Júnior dos Santos Almeida,  född 30 januari 1984 i Caçador, är en brasiliansk MMA … Junior dos Santos is a Brazilian mixed martial artist from Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil. After recovering Dos Santos finally signed to fight a rematch with Stefan Struve. Dos Santos trains his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Demian Maia. Dos Santos is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and currently holds a brown belt. Velasquez dominated Dos Santos completely en route to a five-round unanimous decision, handing Dos Santos his first UFC loss as well as ripping the UFC heavyweight championship from his grasp. Junior dos Santos is a Brazilian mixed martial artist from Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil.