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Dos Santos to Try His Hand(s) At Boxing


("You’ve got some schmutz on your face. Let me get it for you.")

Fast-rising UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos is considering following in the footsteps of his training partner and South American boxing champion Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by stepping into the boxing ring in the near future to compete.

Dos Santos, who is currently stuck in a holding pattern waiting to find out who he will be matched up against next, may try his hands at the sweet science in the interim. A report by Tatame today reveals that "Cigano" was slated to make his boxing debut in early 2010, but the bout was postponed due to his back-to-back UFC bouts against Gilbert Yvel and Gabriel Gonzaga.


According to Dos Santos’ boxing trainer Carlos Dorea, who also trains several Brazilian national boxing team champions, Junior was not out of place when sparring with any of the more seasoned boxers he works with and he says that he expects him to go far in the sport.

"The first step would [have been] the Brazilian championship, after he beat Cro Cop. He was the super heavy holder of the Bahia’s team, but UFC scheduled his fight with Gilbert Yvel, so I had to take him off the team”, explains Dórea, confident that the UFC’s athlete talent could bring Olympic medals to Brazil. “His evolving is fantastic, he has one of the best boxing techniques of international MMA. If everything goes right, he will compete on this area and, who knows, in the future he can bring a few medals to Brazil… He is a phenomenon."

A date has not been set for Dos Santos’ pugilistic debut.

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LastEmperor- May 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm
Let the man eat Dana!
The Truth- May 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm
JDS vs Silva

Do it, it makes too much sense.
Japanadian- May 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm
@knucklesamitch - no one says "Take GSP's wrestling away and he's got nothing." because his background is kyokushin karate so he'd still be a striker
@rob45usp - who has Carwin fought... mir (lesnar beat), gonzaga (who lost to couture) and 3 chumps who aren't in the ufc anymore.
"Take Carwins size away and the guy isn't worth shit"
"Take Shaqs size away and the guy isn't worth shit"
"Take (insert big guys name) size away and the guy isn't worth shit"

Ratel- May 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Boxing, schmoxing. I think DW will let it go as long as it doesn't conflict with any of his own interests.

I must've become a mature adult somewhere along the line, because I find myself defending Lesnar even when I don't like him.

He does deserve the title he has right now. Absolutely. When he won it, there was no one to stand in his way. And by that I mean, there was no force within the UFC that could have stopped him. He beat the top contenders and title holders to get it. Now it's up to him to keep it.

We all saw the same pace to the title with A. Silva: 2 fights and here's the championship for you. Nobody can say he didn't earn it then, and btw he is still the undefeated champ now. I'll save the commentary on his state of mind for another thread.

So that's 2 champs who won their belts in a mad rush, but there's 2 champs who have crushed all opposition before them since becoming champions. They're still undefeated as champs today, and you can't argue with that.
Anhonestmoose- May 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Seems to me he is talking about amateur boxing (that is where medals, not titles are won right?). If so, then I don't see why the UFC would have a problem. They wear the head gear and knockouts are significantly less common than in the pros.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Carwin will kill Lesnar, he simply has better technique and more power (I've been saying this for 2 yrs. now). I saw some of Carwin's early ROF and Art of War fights and I knew he was unique. Lesnar has done pretty well for a guy with hardly any experience, though. His first fight in K-1 looked better than more experienced fighters I've seen live in small shows or on HDnet. Give the guy another 4-5 fights and he's going to be scary.
Sgt. Grumbles- May 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm
"Take his size away and the guy isn't worth sh@t!"

That's almost exactly like saying, "Take away Penn's jiu-jitsu and he's got nothing." Brock Lesnar is bigger than everybody else. Deal with it. Size does matter when you fight, and big men tend to win.
knucklesamitch- May 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Rob45,

At the time he fought Mir and Couture, they were the top of the HW division...just because the division now has Dos Santos, Carwin, Velasquez, etc is not Lesnar's fault, and this isn't the WWE, he can't fight them all at once in a 4 corners (or would it be 8 corners in the UFC?) match.

Also, why should anyone discount his wrestling? THATS what he does...No one ever says, "Take GSP's wrestling away and he's got nothing." I'm not trying to be a Lesnar nuthugger here, but I'm at least going to give him the benefit of the doubt, if Carwin runs through Lesnar, I'll start to second guess him.
rob45usp- May 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm
@SouthSideEssay. Lesnar hasn't even come close to running over the HW division. Who has he fought other than an old man in Randy, a over confident punk with no chin in Frank, and Heath Herring, come on man. Carwin will kill this guy. Sure Lesnar has skills as a beastly wrestler but, this is mma not wrestling. Take his size away and the guy isn't worth sh@t!!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm
* THIS JUST IN*

JDS signed by Don King, agrees to drop to welter weight to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a steel cage match for Vince McMahon. Chairs, ladders and trash cans will be allowed, but not until after JDS and his corner all agree to submit to public Olympic-standard blood, urine, feces, and hair sample testing for such known and banned performance enhancing drugs as Marijuana, black beauties, or nipple tweaks.
C-Bus Allstar- May 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm
LOL... Well said El Guapo.


For as much as the Fertitta's and White are banking, you'd think they'd pay better.
Summoner10- May 3, 2010 at 11:36 am
not in a million years buddy.
El Guapo- May 3, 2010 at 11:23 am
Not too familiar with the Brazilian boxing scene, but I'm gonna go ahead and make an ass of u and mean and assume(awww yeah)it's not on par with big time pro boxing skillwise. So if Junior wants to stay busy while Dana keeps him from a title shot, I would think it's a good idea. Fine tuning one's boxing is always a good thing for an MMA fighter. To believe otherwise would be bababooey..

And if he were to succeed big time, parlay it into a shot with a contender or three, drum up some interest and maybe be considered a potential opponent for either Klitschko Brother??? By all means do it. He'll make more in a couple of big pro boxing matches than he will in an entire career in the UFC. Which, in case you didn't know, stands for Underfunded Friggin CrapshitslavewagespaidbyDanaWhite.
1inchpunch- May 3, 2010 at 11:17 am
ufc wouldnt allow it, tatame is trippin if they think dos santos was gonna box somewhere while being employed by ufc, he's no fedor...yet
knucklesamitch- May 3, 2010 at 11:12 am
I find it laughable every time someone wants to give Lesnar a bunch of shit about being 3-1, or undeserving of the title...Like it's his fault that he is stronger than EVERYONE else...And it's not like he can't throw a punch, just ask Heath Herring.

If you don't like his attitude, who cares...He's not a role model (at least, unlike most athletes, he understands this)...I'm reserving judgement on his attitude until mid-June when it's time to build up the Carwin fight...Til then, I'll chalk it all up to the fact that he had legit hatred for Mir, which I can understand, the dude's a douche.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 11:06 am
SouthSideEssay>> Well said. Can't stand him, but he's not without skills.
El Guapo- May 3, 2010 at 11:02 am
Story seems much too vague for you mixed martial arts purists(who are pure)to be shitting your pants. Relax, deep breathes, think happy thoughts..

Better? Good.
SouthSideEssay- May 3, 2010 at 10:58 am
I mean the wrestling and the whole weighing 300 pounds thing too.
SouthSideEssay- May 3, 2010 at 10:57 am
@One Two
I mean call brock lesnar a faggot all you want, but unexperienced?? He's a NCAA D1 wrestling champ, and thats apparently all he needed to run through the HW divsion at the time. I mean I still hate him, but give credit where credit is due.
droppedatbirth- May 3, 2010 at 10:55 am
JDS isn't the champ though.
danomite- May 3, 2010 at 10:53 am
he wouldn't let Anderson Silva box Roy Jones but he'll let JDS box? I think either this is the first dana white has heard of this or that he really has no one to put in the ring with JDS for a while.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 10:49 am
One Two>> Well, DW did finally bend about "no Sambo" during last negotiations with Fedor.

I guess this is a possibility because, as the article says, JDS is in a holding pattern for now in the HW division. Could be a smart decision--let him continue to advance his striking skills, work him in for some UFC fights when able. Eventually, they'll be able to promote him as an unstoppable wrecking machine. Well, more so than they can now.
One Two- May 3, 2010 at 10:31 am
Is this a joke the UFC will take your first born child before letting you fight somewhere else, they wouldn't even let Fedor do Sambo hence unexperienced wrestling bum brock lesner as current UFC HW champion.
CZ- May 3, 2010 at 10:19 am
Its like leaving the nfl to play professional touch football
Nut Puncher 9000- May 3, 2010 at 10:15 am
I have a hard time imagining that the UFC will let a contracted fighter, in line for a title shot, give boxing a try. I say this idea will crash and burn.
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