Former UFC Champion Junior dos Santos Has Unfinished Business in AEW

Published 10/25/2021, 10:30 AM EDT


AEW President, Tony Khan has introduced multiple sports entities under his promotion and has provided the crossovers the wrestling fans never thought they’d witness. However, it came as a shocker when the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos made his debut in AEW.

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The Brazilian megastar has achieved and earned the respect for his work in the mixed-martial-arts promotion, UFC where he became the championship multiple times during his career inside the octagon.

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Junior Dos Santos took the liking to professional wrestling

‘Cigano’ recently appeared in an interview on “Throwing Down with Renee Paquette and Miesha Tate.”, where he detailed the difference between his fights inside the octagon and inside the squared circle.

The 37-year-old athlete admitted transitioning from MMA to wrestling was not that difficult because he already knew the basics because of his fighting career.

“I felt it was easy to work with all of them. I’ve been fighting for so many years. There’s no big difference. There’s some detail you have to pay attention to, but that’s it. All the other parts, that’s why I was able to do that kind of performance because I’m used to it because I’m used to it. I’m a fighter. There’s a lot of similarities in both sports.” [h/t: WrestlingNews]

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Junior Dos Santos of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dos Santos clearly shows that he is not done with his bit in professional wrestling. This is not the first time that he has faced a professional wrestler in his career.

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The Brazilian knockout artist seems to have a bright future here at AEW as Tony Khan has never shied away from experimenting with his roster just to see how the audience will react.

However, at this moment Dos Santos is not the only UFC megastar who has stepped inside the AEW ring. Jorge Masvidal has also laid his hands on Chris Jericho.

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It will be interesting to see whether the two Goliaths of UFC will ever face-off inside the squared circle.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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