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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current #4 ranked Heavyweight in the UFC Junior dos Santos returns to the Octagon on February 11th against the #11 ranked Stefan Struve in Halifax, Canada. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Junior dos Santos knockout so let’s look back at those.
8 months have passed since JDS won a decision over Ben Rothwell in April 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86. Returning in February of 2017 will mean nearly 10 months have gone by since the former champ has fought in a UFC bout.
Something that has even longer passed is the last time we saw a Junior dos Santos KO win. Of his 22 professional fights JDS has amassed an 18-4 record with over 65% of his victories coming via KO. It has now been over 3 years since he won via knockout.
Cigano has gone 2-2 in his last 4, suffering a decision loss to Cain Velasquez in a 5 round war for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 155. He rebounded with a victory over current UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic in a 5 round main event Fight of the Night performance in December 2014. 12 months would pass before then losing via TKO to Alistair Overeem on December 19, 2015. dos Santos’ victory over Rothwell in April 2016 was his most recent bout.
Let’s look back at his last 7 KO / TKO victories dating back to a first round Knockout of the Night over Fabricio Werdum in October 2008.
UFC 90: Junior dos Santos Knockout of the Night win over Fabricio Werdum. 1:20 in Round 1. October 25, 2008.
UFC 95: Junior dos Santos Knockout win over Stefan Struve. 0:54 in Round 1. February 21, 2009.
UFC 108: Junior dos Santos TKO win over Gilbert Yvel. 2:07 in Round 1. January 2, 2010.
UFC on Versus 1: Junior dos Santos Knockout of the Night win over Gabriel Gonzaga. 3:53 in Round 1. March 21, 2010.
UFC on FOX 1: Junior dos Santos Knockout of the Night win over Cain Velasquez. 1:04 in Round 1. November 12, 2011. Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
UFC 146: Junior dos Santos Knockout win over Frank Mir. 3:04 in Round 2. May 26, 2012. Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
UFC 160: Junior dos Santos Knockout and Fight of the Night win over Mark Hunt. 4:18 in Round 3. May 25, 2013. UFC Heavyweight title eliminator fight.