Throwback: Junior dos Santos delivers brutal KO in MMA debut
When Junior dos Santos made his UFC debut all the back in 2008, he burst into the Octagon with a shocking and brutal knockout of perennial heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum ,which would be the start of ‘Cigano’s’ path to the UFC heavyweight title which was realized in 2011.
But it turns out this wasn’t the only shocking debut on Dos Santos resume, as his professional mixed martial arts debut definitely caught the attention of those in attendance.
July 16th 2006 at Demo Fight 1 in Salvador, Brazil made his pro debut against a fellow countryman and ‘Santos’ in the form of Jailson Silva Santos who held a record of 1-4-(1 NC).
Unlike the JDS we know today, the then prospect employed a wrestling heavy game plan on his more experienced opponent and spent a lot of time working strikes from full guard before getting stood up the referee.
Back to their feet JDS again works his way back into the clinch and executes a head and arm throw sending Jailson to the mat. But instead of following him to the ground, JDS unloads a vicious soccer kick to the head of his opponent which immediately renders Jailson unconscious giving JDS a thunderous KO victory in his debut.
From here JDS went on to do great things in the sport, while Jailson competed once more in 2008 and losing again to finish his career at 1-5-(1 NC).
Check out the brutal action from 3:54
Junior dos Santos (born January 30, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, known for his crisp boxing acumen and knockout power. He holds notable wins over Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Cro Cop, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt and Shane Carwin. [Source: Wiki]
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