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Classic Fight: Junior Dos Santos vs. Fabricio Werdum [VIDEO]

In advance of this weekend’s UFC 146 headlining match between Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir, FuelTV has released video of JDS’s Octagon debut at UFC 90 in October 2008. At the time, Dos Santos was 6-1 prospect, completely unknown outside of Brazil, facing a seasoned grappling expert and PRIDE/UFC vet whose list of victims included Alistair Overeem, Alexander Emelianenko, Gabriel Gonzaga (twice) and Brandon Vera, all of whom Werdum beat by stoppage. We gave Junior zero chance to win — and he shocked us all with a earth-shaking uppercut that permanently altered the power-balance in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Following the fight, the UFC cut Werdum after he refused to re-sign for less money, and JDS went on the greatest contender run in UFC history, culminating in a 64-second knockout of champion Cain Velasquez. Watch the video above to see how it all started, two and a half years ago.

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‘UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos’ TV Promo [VIDEO]


(Video props: JREYNOSO)

Does Cain Velasquez really deserve the title of “Baddest Man on the Planet,” previously vacated by Fedor Emelianenko? To make it official, he’ll have to defend his heavyweight title on November 12th in Anaheim against Junior Dos Santos, who has dominated a laundry list of contenders and veterans to get his title shot — and he’ll have to do it on network television. God damn, what a fight. And we appreciate the choice of music for the promo; they’re playing up the “MMA is the sport of Satan” angle, but, y’know, in a subtle way. Sorry Stemm, thine days are numbered.

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Better Know a Fighter: Junior Dos Santos

Now that we’re done weeping over Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic‘s career funeral pyre, we might as well turn toward the promise of the future by taking a harder look at the man who beat him at UFC 103 — Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos.  What you see in the above video is the lone loss on Dos Santos’ professional record.  It happened in November of 2007 when he faced off against submissions specialist Joachim Ferreira.  This fight was actually a rematch after Dos Santos beat Ferreira via submission due to exhaustion about seven months earlier.  As you can see, the armbar comes when Dos Santos gets a little careless working out of Ferreira’s guard, and the next thing he knows a mild annoyance becomes a fight-ender.  So what does this mean?  In itself, probably nothing.  But it reminds us of something else, and that’s that we have yet to see how Dos Santos does against the kind of ground specialists who populate the American/UFC heavyweight scene.  That’s right, I’m talking ’bout wrestlers, son.

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