Junior Dos Santos
Cigano
18 - 5 - 0
Brazil
City
Santa Catarina
Promotion
Weight
238
Height
6'4"
Wins
18
Losses
5
Draws
0
  • KO/TKO
    18/12
    67%
  • Submissions
    18/2
    11%
  • Decisions
    18/4
    22%
TRAINING: The structure of my camps is usually the same – twice daily practices combining drills, circuits, and sparring, with Sundays off.  I’m a late sleeper, so first practice is around noon, then I eat, rest, then train again at night.  Recovery time is critical between practices.

Thoughts on opponent, Stipe Miocic? Stipe is an amazing champion, an incredible fighter and a humble, respectful guy.  I have nothing but respect for him.  Our first fight was one of the toughest of my life – he hits HARD.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started with Jiu-Jitsu in 2005, afterwards I met Dorea, who introduced me to Boxing

What ranks and titles have you held? Bahia State Jiu-Jitsu Champion; Bahia State Submission Champion

Do you have any heroes? Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the biggest organization, and it’s a dream that quickly became true.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No

Specific accomplishments in pro competition?
TKO at MTL

If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite grappling technique: On my back

Favorite striking technique: Clean strikes

 

Career

  • Has won 12 of 15 UFC bouts
  • Was mentored by former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
  • Coach on season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter
  • 13 wins by KO, one by submission (guillotine)
  • Nickname means “Gypsy” in Portuguese
  • Awarded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt by Yuri Carlton on December 8, 2012
  • Has won 13 of last 16

Fight History – Pro

Result Fighter Event Method/Referee R Time
loss Stipe Miocic UFC 211 – Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2
May / 13 / 2017
TKO (Punches)
Herb Dean
1 2:22
win Ben Rothwell UFC Fight Night 86 – Rothwell vs. Dos Santos
Apr / 10 / 2016
Decision (Unanimous)
Leon Roberts
5 5:00
loss Alistair Overeem UFC on Fox 17 – Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2
Dec / 19 / 2015
TKO (Punches)
Dan Miragliotta
2 4:43
win Stipe Miocic UFC on Fox 13 – Dos Santos vs. Miocic
Dec / 13 / 2014
Decision (Unanimous)
Herb Dean
5 5:00
loss Cain Velasquez UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Oct / 19 / 2013
TKO (Slam and Punch)
Herb Dean
5 3:09
win Mark Hunt UFC 160 – Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2
May / 25 / 2013
KO (Spinning Hook Kick)
Steve Mazzagatti
3 4:18
loss Cain Velasquez UFC 155 – Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Dec / 29 / 2012
Decision (Unanimous)
Herb Dean
5 5:00
win Frank Mir UFC 146 – Dos Santos vs. Mir
May / 26 / 2012
TKO (Punches)
Herb Dean
2 3:04
win Cain Velasquez UFC on Fox 1 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Nov / 12 / 2011
KO (Punches)
John McCarthy
1 1:04
win Shane Carwin UFC 131 – Dos Santos vs. Carwin
Jun / 11 / 2011
Decision (Unanimous)
Herb Dean
3 5:00
win Roy Nelson UFC 117 – Silva vs. Sonnen
Aug / 07 / 2010
Decision (Unanimous)
Marcos Rosales
3 5:00
win Gabriel Gonzaga UFC Live 1 – Vera vs. Jones
Mar / 21 / 2010
TKO (Punches)
Josh Rosenthal
1 3:53
win Gilbert Yvel UFC 108 – Evans vs. Silva
Jan / 02 / 2010
TKO (Punches)
Herb Dean
1 2:07
win Mirko Filipovic UFC 103 – Franklin vs. Belfort
Sep / 19 / 2009
Submission (Punch)
Dan Miragliotta
3 2:00
win Stefan Struve UFC 95 – Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Feb / 21 / 2009
TKO (Punches)
Dan Miragliotta
1 0:54
win Fabricio Werdum UFC 90 – Silva vs. Cote
Oct / 25 / 2008
TKO (Punches)
Marc Fennell
1 1:21
win Geronimo dos Santos DF – Demo Fight 3
May / 24 / 2008
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
N/A
1 N/A
loss Joaquim Ferreira MTL – Final
Nov / 10 / 2007
Submission (Armbar)
N/A
1 1:13
win Jair Goncalves MTL – Mo Team League 2
Sep / 29 / 2007
TKO (Punches)
N/A
1 2:52
win Joaquim Ferreira XFC – Brazil
Apr / 29 / 2007
TKO (Retirement)
N/A
1 5:00
win Edson Ramos XFC – Brazil
Apr / 29 / 2007
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
N/A
1 8:46
win Eduardo Maiorino MF – Minotauro Fights 5
Dec / 09 / 2006
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
N/A
1 0:50
win Jailson Silva Santos DF – Demo Fight 1
Jul / 16 / 2006
KO (Soccer Kick)
N/A
1 2:58

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