Junior Dos Santos was born in Cacador Brazil on January 30th, in 1984. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and made his professional MMA debut in Brazil in 2006. He began his career 5-0 with 4 of those wins coming via 1st round knockout and the other win coming by 1st round submission. He was submitted in his 6th fight but bounced back with another 1st round TKO and was signed by the UFC.
At UFC 90 Dos Santos made his Octagon debut, and it was also the first time he fought outside of Brazil. After going 7-0 in the UFC Dos Santos took on Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title and scored a 1st round knockout to become champion. Dos Santos made one title defense before losing the belt via unanimous decision to Velasquez in a rematch. Dos Santos fought Velasquez a 3rd time at UFC 166 but was stopped in the 5th and final round. After a year away Dos Santos is expected to return to the Octagon against Alistair Overeem at UFC on FOX 17.
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