Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt Full Fight Video

UFC 160 took place May 25, 2013 from Las Vegas, NV. The co-main event was a heavyweight showdown between Junior Dos Santos and Mark Hunt.

With only one loss on his record to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155, Dos Santos record was perfect. He previously defeated Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 to capture the heavyweight belt in 2011. He defended it once against Frank Mir at UFC 146, then lost it back to Velasquez. A convincing victory against Mark Hunt would propel Dos Santos right back into title contention.

Mark Hunt is a long time MMA veteran who has fought some of the greatest names in the sport, including Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Josh Barnett, and Alistair Overeem. He was on a tear, winning 4 of his last 5 UFC bouts. He is known for his knockout power, finishing Check Kongo, Stephan Struve, and Chris Tuchscherer all by KO. A win over Dos Santos would make Mark Hunt a true contender for the championship belt.

Round 1:  They both come out, touch gloves, and face off in the center. Hunt immediately lands a hard leg kick and Dos Santos circles away. Dos Santos is circling on the outside, trying to find his rhythm. Hunt seems to be the aggressor, throwing leg kicks that land. Out of nowhere, Dos Santos drops a bomb of a right hand that drops Hunt to the canvas. Hunt pops right back up while Dos Santos swarms. Hunt shakes it off and they face off once again in the center. Hunt throws some haymakers of his own that barely miss the mark.

Both fighters circle each other, looking for openings to land a big shot. The action stales a little as they both appear to be head hunting. Dos Santos land another strong shot, but Hunt keeps coming forward. Dos Santos is circling backward while Hunt continues coming after him. Dos Santos seems to have the speed advantage, landing constant jabs to Mark Hunt’s body. Finally, the round comes to an end.

Round 2:  They face off once again, Hunt the aggressor. Dos Santos continues loading up on the right hand, looking for opportunities to land. Hunt continues throwing leg kicks that land. They are both attempting to throw haymakers that are just missing the mark. They continue to trade in the center, Hunt throwing more leg kicks, and Dos Santos jabbing to the body and head. Dos Santos starts to find his rhythm, landing 5 to 6 unanswered jabs. Hunt moves forward as Dos Santos tees off on him with stiff and solid jabs.

Dos Santos gets bold and does a spinning back kick that actually lands to Hunt’s midsection. Hunt continues to come forward looking for that big shot. Dos Santos keeps Hunt at bay by circling away and using his quick jab. Hunt catches Dos Santos against the cage and they trade a flurry of hard thrown punches, none which do any major damage. Dos Santos breaks away and goes back to the center. Dos Santos shoots for a takedown and scores right in the center of the ring. He goes into the side control and starts to work his face with his elbow. Dos Santos doesn’t really do any significant damage, controlling Hunt for the remainder of the round. Hunt pops up at the last second and the round ends.

Round 3: They come out to center, touch gloves again, and face off. Hunt once again goes on the hunt, throwing haymakers that are barely missing. Dos Santos continues to circle back, using his jab to keep Hunt at bay. He jabs at both Hunt’s body and head effectively. Both men look weary in the 3rd round, but they continue to engage each other. It’s more of the same throughout the first two minutes with Hunt stalking forward trying to land bombs, while Dos Santos picks him apart from the outside.

Dos Santos throws a kick to the side of Hunt’s body that lands and moves Hunt back. He recovers and moves forward once again, relentless in pushing the action. Dos Santos keeps landing most of the significant shots, jabs to the face and jabs to the body. Now with half the round gone, the action continues the same. Hunt attacking, but not with a sense of urgency. Dos Santos looks very confident, pretty much picking Hunt apart throughout the whole round. Hunt swings wildly two times, just missing the mark, but not by much. Dos Santos uses two jabs to land a solid right which seems to irritate Hunt’s face.

He continues moving forward, determined to bring the fight to Dos Santos. With  under 2 minutes, Hunt is still swinging for the fences, hoping to land that one shot that will take Dos Santos out. Dos Santos jabs a couple more times, then lands a solid punch that staggers Hunt. Dos Santos senses Hunt is in trouble and moves in for the finish, throwing haymakers that barely miss. Hunt answers back by throwing one of his own, but he is still hurt from that Dos Santos left.

They face off in the center of the ring with 1 minute left in the fight. Hunt’s hands are down at his sides as he is extremely tired, but he still manages to throw jabs at Junior. Dos Santos comes forward and throws a spinning back kick that grazes the top of Hunt’s head. Hunt drops to the canvas and Dos Santos swarms him, landing 2 more punches before the referee comes in to stop the fight. Junior Dos Santos is the winner, defeating Mark Hunt by KO in the third round.

 

Junior Dos Santos vs Gabriel Gonzaga Full Fight Video

UFC On Versus took place on March 21, 2010 in Broomfield, Co. The co-main event was an exciting heavyweight bout between Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga.

Gonzaga was a well respected veteran who had fought in the UFC since 2003. He was known for having outstanding jiu-jitsu as well as knockout power. He was the more experienced fighter, having taken on some of the best fighters in the world. He fought Randy Couture for the championship in 2007 but came up short. He also took on Fabricio Werdum, Shane Carwin, and had a highlight reel knockout over Mirko Cro Cop.

Dos Santos entered into the UFC in 2008. He was establishing himself as a well rounded fighter. He was primarily known for his knockout ability and superior take down defense. He was 4-0 and had finished all 4 of his opponents. 3 by KO, and 1 by submission. His opponents included Stephan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel, plus his own highlight reel knockout over Fabricio Werdum. The odds seemed to be stacked in Gonzaga’s favor due to his experience, but Dos Santos exciting finishes and undefeated record made everyone curious to see if he could finish Gonzaga as well. Was Dos Santos the real deal? We were about to find out.

Round 1:  Both fighters meet in the center of the Octagon. They start feeling each other out, circling each other, and not really doing too much in the first minute. Gonzaga lands a hard leg kick that moves Dos Santos whole body. Seconds later, Gonzaga shoots for a takedown and scores. Dos Santos, who has amazing balance and takedown defense, pops right back up only seconds later. Dos Santos breaks Gonzaga’s grip and they square off in the center once again.

They circle each other for the next 30 seconds, not throwing too much. Gonzaga fakes one jab then lands a moderate leg kick. Gonzaga follows up with an attempted punch, but Dos Santos lands a good right cross to Gonzaga’s face. Dos Santos starts to loosen up and starts throwing jabs to Gonzaga’s body. Dos Santos starts throwing more punches, becoming the more active of the two. His punches and his timing keeps Gonzaga at bay, who has not landed anything of significance for the last minute.

Gonzaga finally gets some space and attempts a wicked head kick that just misses. After trading a couple of attempted jabs, Dos Santos responds with a head kick of his own that Gonzaga blocks with his glove. Dos Santos throws another high kick that lands just behind Gonzaga’s head, on his back. For the next 30 or so seconds they both just feel each other out with light jab attempts, neither one lands.

Dos Santos gets loose and throws a strong over hand right to Gonzaga’s head that barely misses the mark. It moves Gonzaga back, and Dos Santos throws another one, again very close to landing to Gonzaga’s head. They square off again for a brief moment, then Gonzaga throws a kick to Dos Santos body. Gonzaga backs up briefly, and charges forward again, throwing yet another body kick. This time, Dos Santos is ready for him, and he throws a solid left hook that drops Gonzaga to the canvas. Dos Santos immediately pounces, throwing several punches to Gonzaga’s head while he lies on the mat. Gonzaga tries to cover his face to protect himself, but Dos Santos continues reigning down punches, eventually getting through Gonzaga’s guard. Dos Santos lands 4 to 5 more strong punches directly to Gonzaga’s face, then referee Josh Rosenthal jumps in to save Gonzaga from taking any further damage and stops the fight. Junior Dos Santos defeats Gabriel Gonzaga by KO in Round 1. We think Dos Santos is the real deal.

Junior Dos Santos on a Rematch with Cain Velasquez

Junior Dos Santos has failed to win the divisional belt at UFC 155 but this does not stop him from asking Cain Velasquez to be his next opponent in the ring. “Cigano” showed that he had a heart of a champion even when Velasquez got the better of him in the Octagon.

There were a number of times when Velasquez was able to overpower Dos Santos; he was even seen to be able to nearly put away the fighter in the second round but the Brazilian managed to escape and come back for another round.

UFC 155 was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, United States in December 29, 2012 and was headlined by the two impressive fighters. The promotional video for UFC 155 showed how eager Dos Santos was as he awaited his match with Velasquez. .

After the match, Dos Santos was interviewed and was quick to credit Velasquez for his win. To note that this is Dos Santos first every post fight interview in UFC since he was absorbed from Strikeforce.  Along with his appreciation for Velasquez’ win he was also keen on his faults that cost him the title. He also mentions that this loss won’t be the last of him.

“He was better and deserved the win. But I used the wrong strategy. I was too worried about his takedowns and didn’t protect my face, so he hit me. When the fight was on the ground, I should have used have used my jiu-jitsu more – I trained it so much. But I just tried to get back up and it didn’t help me. But on the ground he is very good, very strong. I didn’t really connect with any good punches. It was disappointing, because I was feeling good, had an awesome training camp, everything was right. But that’s how fighting is.”

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos is a heavyweight from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He has a 15 win and 2 loss career. Before he lost to Cain Velasquez he won against Frank Mir in a headline fight at UFC 146 in May 2012.

He wishes to meet Velasquez again at the Octagon soon: “I want a rematch now, soon. I won the first one and he got a rematch. Now I lost and I want my rematch. I’m saying I want this fight. I’ll get my belt back.”