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Dos Santos Now Recovering From Knee Issue, Hopes To Fight In 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos would like to compete on the October card planned for Brazil. His coaches, though, don't think he'll be ready.

Instead, "Cigano" is gearing up for a return to action in November - and is hopeful he gets to test his skills against Stipe Miocic. The two were expected to meet in May, but a hand injury forced dos Santos out of the main event.

"My coaches think it's too soon to be back because I'm not even training hard yet and I need to re-adapt myself to training before starting a camp," said dos Santos, in an interview with MMAFighting.com. "October would be too early for me."

Dos Santos (16-3) is just 1-2 in his last three, but both losses came to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Miocic (12-1) has won three straight, including a first round finish of Fabio Maldonado, who stepped in on short notice to replace dos Santos.

"Miocic is doing a good job, coming off great wins," he said. "I was focused on fighting him before, trained for him, so I think it would be a good fight for me. It would be a beautiful fight for the fans, as well."

Dos Santos explained his injury, saying that he recovered from the broken hand, but now has a nagging knee issue holding him back. That injury, though, does not require surgery - just rehab.

"It was a small injury," dos Santos said. "When I had to stop training because of my broken hand, I felt a pain in my knee. I did all the exams and it showed nothing. (The doctor) cleared me to slowly return to training now to see how I'm going to feel.

"I will schedule my next fight when I feel 100-percent ready."

Still Rolling: Miocic Enters Brazil, Finishes Maldonado

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The 22nd and final fight of the UFC's day-night doubleheader ended in a matter of moments, as Stipe Miocic finished Fabio Maldonado in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale from Sao Paulo.

Originally scheduled to meet former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, Miocic made sure there would be no upset. He picked off Maldonado right off the bat, finishing him with a nasty punch and adding some quick round-and-pound.

"I was real nervous," Miocic said. "The guy is a tank and he keeps coming forward, he doesn't stop. I had to get my shots in and I got in a good punch. (Saturday) was my night."

Miocic (12-1) has now won three straight, adding to wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson. Overall, he's 6-1 in the UFC, with the lone loss coming to Stefan Struve.

As for dos Santos, Miocic was asked if that is a fight he would like to have re-booked. "Cigano" suffered a hand injury just weeks before the planned bout and had to pull out.

"Yeah, it would be great to fight Junior," Miocic said. "But he's hurt. I hope he gets better and I will just keep training."

Maldonado (21-7) was moving up from light heavyweight to make his main event debut inside the Octagon. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for the Brazilian, who is now 4-4 in eight UFC appearances.

Stipe Miocic Talks Losing Fight With Junior Dos Santos, What He'll Do Next

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

UFC heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic viewed his upcoming bout with Junior dos Santos as the perfect stepping stone to a possible title fight.

Now, with dos Santos out after suffering a hand injury, Miocic is unsure what will happen with him and his role on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale later this month.

"Bummed about the news," Miocic posted on Twitter. "Wishing dos Santos a quick recovery."

Miocic (11-1) has won his last two, including a decision victory over Roy Nelson last June. His lone loss was a knockout at the hands of Stefan Struve in 2012, and he has finished eight of his opponents.

The 31-year-old former NCAA multi-purpose athlete stated that he will do "whatever the UFC wants me to do. I'm game."

Dos Santos, a former UFC heavyweight champion, is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

Injury Report: Junior Dos Santos Hurt, Out Of TUF Brazil 3 Fight

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Just days ago, Junior dos Santos posted several updates on the status of his most important tools: his hands.

Now, according to multiple reports, the former UFC heavyweight champion has suffered a hand injury and will not be able to face Stipe Miocic later this month at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. The event is scheduled for May 31 from Sao Paulo.

News of the injury was first reported out of Brazil by Combate. The UFC has confirmed the injury, only stating that they are working to secure a replacement at the moment.

Dos Santos (16-3) posted on Instagram on April 30 that "after another intense day of training, the hands are the ones that suffer, then with physical therapy." And just a day ago, he posted a picture of himself getting more treatment on his body as he worked towards the Miocic fight.

"Another great job of physiotherapy," he wrote. "For those who train in high yield physical therapy is really necessary, every day more I realize and understand that."

Dos Santos is coming off a loss to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez last October. It was his second defeat to Velasquez. Miocic (11-1) has won five of his six Octagon fights.

The card will include the finals in the TUF Brazil 3 tournaments, along with bouts between Demian Maia and Alexander Yakovlev and Rony Jason and Robbie Peralta. Originally, the event was set to feature Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva, as they were the coaches on the reality series. Issues, though, between all sides involved moved that fight to a later date.

Below is the current card:

MAIN CARD

Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic vs. TBA

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Middleweight Final
TBA vs. TBA

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Heavyweight Final
TBA vs. TBA

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Featherweight: Robbie Peralta vs. Rony Jason

PRELIMINARY CARD

Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega

Lightweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio

Lightweight: Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov

Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

Featherweight: Mark Eddiva vs. Edimilson Souza

Bantamweight: Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz

Broken Hand Forces Mike Pierce Out Of UFN Brazil Fight

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Mike Pierce will not be making the long journey to Brazil next month to face Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic.

Pierce confirmed a report by MMAjunkie.com stating that he suffered a broken hand, posting "yep, it's true" on Facebook.

The report states that the UFC is looking to find a new opponent for Maia to remain on the May 31 card from Sao Paulo. The event just received a new main event, as Junior dos Santos-Stipe Miocic will compete.

Pierce (17-6) has posted a 9-4 record inside the Octagon, including a 5-2 mark in his last seven. He was submitted by Rousimar Palhares last October.

Junior Dos Santos-Stipe Miocic Moved As UFC Plays Muscial Chairs

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It appears changes are coming to future UFC events.

The planned heavyweight battle between Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic for UFC 173 is now headed to The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the news with Yahoo! Sports, as the promotion continues to play musical chairs around the Chael Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva fight.

There have been plenty of issues involving Sonnen-Silva, which was only recently signed and made official. However, that bout is expected to be moved to the co-main event role of UFC 175 card during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

White added that they are "not done working" on UFC 173 as a card yet. That event features UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao against T.J. Dillashaw in the main event.

Original plans had Chris Weidman defending his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida, but Weidman needed surgery to fix issues with his knees.

JDS Expects Bout With Barnett or Browne Next

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Junior dos Santos may have been decisively beaten by UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez in their last two meetings, but at the end of the day, "Cigano" remains the promotion's #1 contender and one of its biggest stars. So in other words, there's little doubt that the former champ is going to face a top tier heavyweight when he returns to action. The question is, however, who will it be?

Well, recently JDS spoke to MMA Fighting.com about that very subject, and here is some of what the 29 year-old had to say about his next bout.

"I don’t know what’s next for me, and I don’t choose opponents," dos Santos said. "I’ll be ready for anyone, but I believe my next opponent can be either Josh Barnett or Travis Browne."

Barnett and Browne are set to fight on December 28th at UFC 168, and the winner will certainly be within reach of a title shot. The question is, however, would the UFC tap the victor to fight dos Santos? And then run the risk of eliminating another contender from a title fight with Velasquez? If he gets by Fabricio Werdum next? Guess we'll see.

Of course, the UFC could also tap the loser to fight dos Santos, but that will likely depend on how Barnett-Browne plays out. Regardless of who is next, it will be interesting to see JDS back in the cage, and whether he can make another title run.

Junior Dos Santos And I Agree: Frank Mir Is Crazy If He Thinks He Hits Harder Than JDS

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

When you’re at the top or near the top of the food chain in the UFC, you can expect to be called out frequently by just about everybody, especially former champions. Right now, Junior dos Santos is widely regarded as the #2 Heavyweight in the UFC. Apparently that didn’t sit well with former champion Frank Mir, who recently said in an interview that he’s bigger and hits harder than JDS. Recently, JDS responded with some interesting comments of his own. Here are all the details.

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Junior dos Santos Is June 2011's "Fighter Of The Month"

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Welcome back fans and friends, it’s time for another one of my start-of-month recap posts, highlighting the biggest moments and best fighters of the previous month of MMA action. After a brief hiatus, “Fighter of the Month” returns to cover the huge amount of action we got in June 2011. In June we had all three major MMA promotions put on some very solid cards, with several amazing finishes and a mostly-fantastic “Perfect Storm” weekend. So, as you would expect, it’s tough to pick one fighter out of all the rest and crown him this month’s best fighter. But ultimately, I decided to go with the unstoppable Heavyweight wrecking machine that punched his ticket to the UFC Heavyweight Championship this month. So here’s why Junior dos Santos earns my pick for June 2011’s “Fighter of the Month”.

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Best Performance Of The Night: Junior Dos Santos At UFC 131 "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"

Monday, June 13th, 2011

It’s that time once again, fans and friends. Another major MMA event has come and gone, and it’s time for my unofficial “Best Performance of the Night” award. UFC 131 was a solid event overall, with several entertaining finishes and quite a few epic moments. But one man’s overall performance stood out well above the rest, even though he didn’t finish his fight. Nevertheless, he displayed all the skills necessary to call him one of the most complete fighters in the UFC. Here’s why Junior dos Santos took home “Best Performance of the Night”.

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Top 5 Moments Of UFC 131 "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

UFC 131 “Dos Santos vs. Carwin” featured a few average fights, a few good ones, and a few great ones. Sprinkled here and there were some good finishes, including several shocking KO’s. But which stars shined brightest, and what moments will fans be talking about in the following weeks? Here’s my take on the matter: my top 5 best moments of UFC 131.

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What's Next For The Winners And Losers Of UFC 131 "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"?

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

UFC 131 is now in the history books, and it was an interesting and mostly-entertaining night of fights. Now once again it’s time to ask: what’s next? What does the future hold after Junior dos Santos dismantled Shane Carwin? What happens now that Kenny Florian has successfully debuted in his fourth weight class? Here’s my answer to just that: a new edition of my “What’s Next for the Winners and Losers” series of articles, now featuring UFC 131 “Dos Santos vs. Carwin”.

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