In the world of bare-knuckle brawls, Junior Dos Santos proved that heavyweight punchers can still pack a wallop. This was a showdown that had fans at the edge of their seats, and it happened at Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA event in sunny Jacksonville, Florida.
Picture this: Two former UFC heavyweight champions stepping into the ring, ready to throw down. Dos Santos and Werdum, veterans of the octagon, were about to settle some old scores with their fists and a touch of humor in the mix.
The Bloody Canvas: Dos Santos, with his fists of fury, opened up some nasty cuts near both of Fabricio Werdum’s eyes. It wasn’t just a regular cut; it was the kind that makes you wince and look away. By the time the final bell rang, Dos Santos had secured a split-decision win (28-29, 30-27, 30-27). Ouch!
The cut on Werdum’s left eyelid was bleeding like a broken faucet by the third round. Dos Santos did manage to rock Werdum briefly late in the first round, but he didn’t exactly hit him like a freight train. Still, in bare-knuckle world, even a gentle tap can lead to some serious facial remodeling.
Junior Dos Santos Makes a Comeback:
This win marked a significant moment for Dos Santos. It was his first victory in any combat sport since 2019. That’s like a long dry spell in the world of punchy-punchy. Before this, he faced a rough patch, including a TKO loss to Yorgan De Castro in May 2022 due to a shoulder injury.
But here’s the twist in the tale: Dos Santos had once held the UFC heavyweight title in 2011 and 2012. He even boasts the record for the longest winning streak in the division’s history, standing at a solid nine wins. Quite the heavyweight resume, wouldn’t you say?
Werdum’s Journey: As for Fabricio Werdum, he had been on the MMA sidelines for a while, with his last fight being a no-contest against Renan Ferreira in May 2021 under the PFL banner. The Brazilian-born fighter, now residing and training in sunny California, did score a victory against Alexander Gustafsson in his final UFC bout three years ago. He’s also held the UFC heavyweight title from 2014 to 2016, and they say he’s one of the best at submissions in heavyweight MMA history.
So, there you have it, folks. Dos Santos showed us that even without gloves, he’s still got that knockout power. And who could blame him for celebrating this sweet victory? It sets up a showdown between Dos Santos and another UFC veteran, Roy Nelson, for the Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA heavyweight title. We can’t wait for that one!
Dos Santos summed it up best, “They were the bump in my career that I needed this day. I’m thankful for this whole thing.” Cheers to big punches, bloody eyes, and a whole lot of bare-knuckle fun in the world of MMA!
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