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UFC Heavyweight Title Curse Strikes Sixth Victim in Three Years; Dos Santos Sidelined With Torn Meniscus

(The only less popular piece of gold in MMA is Kimbo’s licensed signature fist necklace.)

Considering that every one of the six men who has worn it since this day three years ago has fallen to illness or injury, the UFC heavyweight belt could soon become the least desired trophy in sports.

The latest victim of the ill-fated gilded strap is Junior dos Santos, who went into his UFC on Fox heavyweight title bout with Cain Velasquez with a torn meniscus which will probably require surgery and an extended recovery time, making his first title defense unlikely until the second half of 2012. Somebody needs to bring the belt to a priest and have him perform an exorcism on it. Otherwise, we may only see one heavyweight title bout per year.

Here’s the breakdown of the unlucky timeline of the cursed hunk of leather and gold for those of you who aren’t buying what we’re selling:

• Brock Lesnar beat Randy Couture at UFC 91 on November 15, 2008 via second-round TKO and was to defend his belt against recently-crowned interim champ Frank Mir at UFC 98, but the fight had to be pushed to UFC 100 after Mir suffered a knee injury in training.

• Mir won the interim belt from former title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 in December 2008 and it was later revealed that “Big Nog” fought with a severe staph infection.

•  Minotauro has since pulled out of a UFC 108 bout against Cain Velasquez due to another bout of staph and a Mir rematch at UFC 119 because he underwent double knee surgery.

• Shortly after successfully defending his strap for the first time against Mir in July 2009, Lesnar was diagnosed with diverticulitis and was put on the DL for nearly a year.

• Shane Carwin took the vacant interim title against Mir in March 2010 at UFC 111 and has been sidelined with a back injury since his UFC 131 decision loss to Junior dos Santos.

• Cain Velasquez made short work of Lesnar in Brock’s third title defense in his two-year championship reign at UFC 121 in October 2010 and was unable to defend his title for 13 months.

• Junior dos Santos spoiled Velasquez’s first title defense in just over one minute. Following the bout he revealed that he fought with a torn meniscus and will likely require surgery, likely forcing him out of action for anywhere between five to eight months.

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JudgeHolden- November 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm
After it took JDS all of 64 seconds to hand Cain Velasquez his first MMA loss and KO, it made me think that Roy Nelson must be one tough bastard. Nelson took an enormous amount of punishment from JDS for the full 15 minutes.

Perhaps Cain was hit with a particularly powerful and well-placed shot, but still, Nelson got blasted repeatedly and kept fighting. Pretty nuts.
Todd M- November 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm
@ Armfarmer, agreed we have had just as many problems at LHW.
@ MMAINMYBLOOD, I hear what you are saying and I think you have a valid point, It is a lot easier to sideline your career when you have the belt, if you sit out when you are a contender who knows what can happen, looking at you Hashad. The champ has bargaining power and can demand a lot more, weather it be a pay increase or some time to finally rest that battle worn body, the downside is the ring rust that we have seen with guys like Shogun and Cain.
MMAINMYBLOOD- November 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Well you guys can believe all you want that its a curse.. I said this shit a month ago.. and no one even listened... I dont think its a curse....I think its a bit deeper than that.. I mean its funny how none of these guys ever get injured until they become champ?? I mean think about it for a fucking second and stop trying to crack jokes every ten seconds... then you will understand what Im saying.
ArmFarmer- November 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm
In response to the "these guys are too big to hit eachother" argument.. we all have short memories don't we? Anybody remember Carwin vs Lesnar? Lesnar vs Herring? Cain vs Kongo? Cain vs Rothwell? Dos Santos vs Nelson?

On the other hand, we've seen little guys like ludwig, maynard, bj, and aldo finish fights in under 20 seconds. Lets not blow things out of proportion. The hw division has had a string of bad luck, no doubt about it, but to up and dismiss what is now one of the most exciting and stacked divisions in mma is just rediculous
ArmFarmer- November 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Injuries and short fights happen in every division. Is GSP too big for this sport? He just called off a title fight due to injury. Speaking of GSP, didn't he also get clipped behind the ear and finished in the first round? It's not a heavyweight problem, it's a fighting in a cage for a living problem. Especially when you're fighting the most elite fighters in the world. Fights will end soon, people will get hurt, it happens.
bescaredhomie- November 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm
now that the offer is restricted, the demand will increase.....i say B.S.
dreamtime- November 15, 2011 at 11:18 am
I'm afraid that injury and short fights are going to be the future of the heavy weight division. Nowadays the fighters are so big and so strong that not too many of them can stand up to the punishment each of them inflicts. Saturday night's one punch fight was very disappointing.
ccman- November 15, 2011 at 10:41 am
Been saying this for 2 days
Mofo- November 15, 2011 at 10:01 am
But couldn't you compile a list like that for EVERY belt and every fighter? It changes hands less frequently than the 205 belt, and surely there are just as many injury delays at every weight class.
Anhonestmoose- November 15, 2011 at 9:30 am
Damn, I thought the tear was only a 1-2 month recovery. That really sucks.
Chonde- November 15, 2011 at 9:23 am
So basically this means that the old fart Randy Couture was the last healthy heavyweight title holder to not back out of a fight due to injury. Crazy
El Famous Burrito- November 15, 2011 at 8:59 am
MKO- November 15, 2011 at 8:52 am
So insane that he fought with that
ThePeoplesTroll- November 15, 2011 at 8:32 am
IMO cain looked like he just woke up from a 13 month nap.. only to go ahead and take another one. All that PR leading up to the fight didnt help him either. I feel bad for cain's next opponent tho as he will come back strong.
exect4500- November 15, 2011 at 8:32 am
the UFC Heavyweight Championship was already the least desired trophy in all of sports, thanks to one Mr.Tim Sylvia.
Me likey- November 15, 2011 at 8:18 am
says something about the guy fighting with an injury like that.
also gives a good reason why the belt has changed hands so many times. nobody fights to their full potential when coming off an injury of long lay off.
ThePeoplesTroll- November 15, 2011 at 7:54 am
ya he magically healed in 3 days.. Second half of 2012.
Kurgarra u Galatur- November 15, 2011 at 7:52 am
"...second half of 2011. " Not only a meniscal tear, but a chronosynclastic infundibulum as well.