|Junior dos Santos|
|Date of birth||September 12, 1984|
|Place of birth||Salvador, Brazil|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in|
|Listed weight||239 lbs|
|Fighting out of||Salvador, Brazil|
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 the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 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. He is currently ranked as the #7 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.com.
Dos Santos is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and currently holds a brown belt. Dos Santos trains his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Demian Maia. He is a Brazilian heavyweight kickboxing champion with a kick-boxing record of 18–0. He is currently ranked #6 HW in the world by the Independent World MMA Rankings.
Dos Santos debuted for the UFC at UFC 90. Considered a major underdog, dos Santos knocked out top contender Fabricio Werdum in the first round with a strong uppercut. Dos Santos returned and fought Stefan Struve at UFC 95, quickly defeating him in the first round by TKO.
Dos Santos obtained his biggest win to date over Mirko Filipović at UFC 103. During the third round, dos Santos dominated Filipović in the clinch with knee strikes, and followed up with punches. The last punch impaired Filipović's vision, which resulted in an immediate verbal submission.
Dos Santos was supposed to fight Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 108; however, Gonzaga pulled out of the bout on November 25, 2009, due to a staph infection. 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.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|17||11 wins||1 loss|
|Win||11-1||Gabriel Gonzaga||KO (Punches)||UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones||March 21, 2010||1||3:53||Broomfield, Colorado||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||10–1||Gilbert Yvel||TKO (Punches)||UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva||January 2, 2010||1||2:07||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9–1||Mirko Filipović||Submission (Verbal)||UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort||September 19, 2009||3||2:00||Dallas, Texas|
|Win||8-1||Stefan Struve||TKO (Punches)||UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson||February 21, 2009||1||0:54||London, England|
|Win||7–1||Fabricio Werdum||KO (Punches)||UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote||October 25, 2008||1||1:20||Rosemont, Illinois||Won Knockout of The Night|
|Win||6–1||Geronimo dos Santos||TKO (Cut)||DF 3 – Demo Fight 3||May 24, 2008||1||N/A||Salvador, Bahia|
|Loss||5–1||Joaquim Ferreira||Submission (Armbar)||MTL – Final||November 10, 2007||1||1:13||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Jair Goncalves||TKO (Strikes)||MTL – Mo Team League 2||September 29, 2007||1||2:52||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Joaquim Ferreira||Submission (Exhaustion)||XFC – Brazil||April 29, 2007||N/A||N/A||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Edson Paredão||TKO (Cut)||XFC – Brazil||April 29, 2007||1||8:46||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Eduardo Maiorino||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||MF 5 – Minotauro Fights 5||December 9, 2006||1||0:50||São Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo|
|Win||1–0||Jailson Silva Santos||TKO (Punches)||DF 1 – Demo Fight 1||July 16, 2006||1||N/A||Salvador, Bahia|