UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin: Top 10 Junior Dos Santos Images on the Web
Junior "Cigano" dos Santos stormed into the UFC heavyweight division with thunderous right hands and violently explosive left hooks.
Leaving a path of destruction in his wake, JDS has compiled an undefeated 6-0 UFC record with five (T)KO's.
This Brazilian wrecking machine has defeated the likes of Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga.
This Saturday, he will face his toughest challenge to date as he steps foot inside the famed Octagon against fellow hard-hitting heavyweight with dynamite in his punches, Shane Carwin.
Winner of the UFC 131 main event will be the No. 1 contender, next in line to face Cain Velasquez for the most coveted belt within all of mixed martial arts.
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No. 10: A Humble JDS, a Picture of Two Personalities
The personality of Junior dos Santos was revealed on this season's The Ultimate Fighter.
As a coach, opposite of Brock Lesnar, JDS exhibited a humble, contrite man with excellent knowledge for the fight game and an always-supportive coach.
Conversely, this humble Brazilian unleashes the beast inside of him when he steps foot inside the Octagon.
Out for blood and the knockout, do not confuse niceness with weakness. As Joe Rogan so eloquently states,"dos Santos is a bad man." And there is no denying that statement.
dos Santos's personality outside of the cage is in sheer contrast to the animal inside the Octagon. This Saturday, JDS will unleash the beast yet again when he squares off against Shane Carwin.
No. 9: Debut Fight in the UFC Against Fabricio Werdum
The beginning of Junior dos Santos's rise to fame was on October 25, 2008 at UFC 90.
Facing international superstar and Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend, Fabricio Werdum, dos Santos displayed his aggressiveness and boxing prowess as he dismantled the veteran.
Knocking out Werdum in just one minute and twenty seconds of the first round, JDS made a statement with his fists that would not go unnoticed by his competition.
Revealing lightening fast hands and knockout power, it was clear on that night in October that JDS would eventually challenge for the UFC heavyweight championship.
No. 8: Junior Dos Santos Nearly Decapitates Stefan Struve
At nearly seven feet tall and with a considerable reach advantage and Octagon experience, Stefan "The Skyscraper" Struve should have posed a bigger threat against the shorter and less-experienced Junior dos Santos.
That fact was far from reality.
Turning the intensity up early in round one, dos Santos stalked Struve and began to chop down "The Skyscraper."
Unloading a barrage of lethal hooks, body shots, and vicious straight punches, Struve's end came at just the 0:54 mark of round one as the referee stopped the fight awarding the TKO victory to "Cigano."
No. 7: How Would JDS Fair Against MMA Veteran Gilbert Yvel?
No. 7 and No. 6 are a two part slide show depicting dos Santos's destruction of MMA veteran Gilbert Yvel.
Yvel has 54 professional fights to his credit. Of which, he has secured 36 victories with 31 knockouts.
Now past his prime, Yvel at one point, was one of the most feared knockout artists within the heavyweight division.
Regardless of Yvel's current fighting capability, he is a dangerous striker and should have been more formidable in his matchup with dos Santos.
However, like the other victims before Yvel, JDS steam-rolled through the Dutch kickboxer with tactical strikes eventually knocking out Yvel with a vicious left hook at the 2:07 mark of round one.
No. 6: Gilbert Yvel Stood No Competition for Junior Dos Santos at UFC 108
Reeling backwards, unconscious before hitting the Octagon floor, Gilbert Yvel was out on his feet after eating a savage left hook from dos Santos.
Clearly displaying his power and precise punching ability, the win over Yvel at UFC 108 propelled dos Santos into legitimate top 10 heavyweight contention talk.
Truly a human wrecking machine, "Cigano" has demonstrated power in both hands and an innate ability to deliver damage without enduring much in return.
No. 5: Quite Possibly the Only Blemish to the UFC Career of JDS to Date
On August 17th of 2010, Junior dos Santos squared off against The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights and former IFL heavyweight champion, Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
Exhibiting the body of a water buffalo and the rock-solid skull of a rhinoceros, Nelson was clearly dominated by dos Santos.
Landing punch after punch after punch, JDS could not knockout "Big Country" en route to his only decision victory within the UFC.
Because of his inability to finish Nelson, some claim that this fight is the one blemish to dos Santos's stellar UFC career to date.
Considering that Roy Nelson is built like a combination of the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man and Wolverine with a soft and gooey outside, yet an extremely durable inside and unbelievably strong chin, I do not believe that this decision is a blemish on JDS.
Rather, dos Santos hit Nelson with everything he had, yet the fact that Nelson is somehow a freak of nature awarded him the ability to take this brutal beating and stay conscious.
No. 4: How Does Nelson Endure This Beating and Stay Lucid?
My confusion and overall respect for Roy Nelson grows as I view these pictures. How does he continue to stand and fight after receiving these dominant punches over and over again by dos Santos?
I may never know the answer to that question.
A higher power awarded Nelson with a granite chin. And he needed every inch of protection as he endured a hellacious beating at the hands of Junior dos Santos.
No. 3: A Knockout Victory over Fellow Brazilian, Gabriel Gonzaga
Securing his second Knockout of the Night honor, dos Santos lit up former UFC heavyweight contender Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga.
In customary "Cigano" style, dos Santos picked apart Gonzaga by utilizing his excellent boxing skills.
Delivering hard shots to the body and savage punches to the head, dos Santos left Napao reeling as he did not have an answer for the offense of JDS.
Indecisive and unable to mount any enduring offense, Gonzaga was yet another victim to the knockout power of dos Santos at the 3:53 mark of round one.
No. 2: Junior Dos Santos's Biggest Victory to Date over Mirko Cro Cop
Prior to Mirko Cro Cop's debut in the UFC, this Croatian kick-boxer was one of the most lethal knockout artists within all of MMA.
Cro Cop's highlight reel of knockouts from his explosive left high kick include the likes of Wanderlei Silva and Aleksander Emelianenko.
An extremely dangerous striker with experience on his side, Cro Cop, on paper, should have been an even match for dos Santos.
Yet again, this fact did not play out in reality.
dos Santos dominated Cro Cop in the clinch with vicious knees and punches to the head. A right uppercut broke the Croatian's orbital bone forcing the veteran to verbally submit and provide dos Santos with the TKO victory.
This win over the hall-of-famer Cro Cop was Junior dos Santos's biggest victory to date.
No. 1: Who Will Earn the Right to Challenge Cain Velasquez for the Title?
To the victor goes the spoils. The main event between Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 will provide the winner the right to fight Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight championship.
Mending a shoulder injury, Velasquez has been sidelined since securing the heavyweight strap in his victorious championship fight with Brock Lesnar in October of 2010.
Velasquez's first title defense will be against either Shane Carwin or Junior dos Santos sometime later this year.
Realizing the magnitude of a victory, both Carwin and dos Santos will leave nothing to chance tomorrow evening in Vancouver as they want to secure the No. 1 contender ranking.
Will it be Shane Carwin or Junior dos Santos to face Cain Velasquez for the title?
We will find out in just 24 hours. Stay tuned fight fans, this heavyweight matchup will be epic!