RECORD: 21-8-0
STANCE: Orthodox
DIVISION: Heavyweight
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
REACH: 77"
LEG REACH: 41.00
WEIGHT: 238 lbs.
NATIONALITY: State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
AGE: 36





Significant Strikes Attempted: 2234
Significant Strikes Landed: 1075


Takedowns Attempted: 9
Takedowns Landed: 5

Latest Bouts:

Ciryl Gane
Defeated by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Dec 12, 2020
UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno
Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Defeated by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Aug 15, 2020
UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3
Curtis Blaydes
Defeated by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Jan 25, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Dos Santos
Francis Ngannou
Defeated by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Jun 29, 2019
UFC FN: Ngannou vs. Dos Santos

Junior dos Santos Almeida, commonly known as Junior dos Santos, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion. He currently competes in the heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. Dos Santos began his professional career in 2006, competing in various promotions throughout Brazil before signing with UFC in 2008. He rose to prominence after winning The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights tournament and immediately challenging for the title at UFC 90 on October 25th, 2008.

Dos Santos defeated Fabricio Werdum by TKO to become the first Brazilian born fighter to ever win the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt. Throughout his championship reign he defended it three times; against Cain Velasquez twice and Frank Mir once before eventually losing it at UFC 155 on December 29th, 2012 after a grueling five round battle with current champion Cain Velasquez. After his loss for the title dos Santos went on to fight another two more fights within the promotion; one win against Mark Hunt at UFC 160 and one loss against Stipe Miocic at UFC 211 before being released from UFC in June 2018 after not reaching an agreement with them upon contract renewal negotiations.

Following his release from The Octagon junior signed with Bellator MMA later that same year . Since then he has had two fights under their banner; both wins coming via unanimous decision over Roy Nelsonand former light-heavyweight champion Phil Davis respectively which earned him a shot at gold as he faces current heavyweight champion Ryan Bader this May 2021at Bellator 260 for what could be an opportunity of redemption within elite Mixed Martial Arts competition should he overcome these odds stacked up aginst him and ultimately take home another world championship belt becoming only second man ever along side Randy “The Natural” Coutureto hold championships belts across multiple promotions while active competing within Elite level Mixed Martial arts competition today!