BREAKING: Junior Dos Santos Returns for the First Time Since UFC Departure- Set to Face Kubrat Pulev

Published 12/21/2021, 11:51 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Junior Dos Santos of Brazil punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will soon make his first appearance since being cut by the UFC. ‘Cigano’ is slated to go head-to-head against 28-2 boxer Kubrat Pulev at Triller’s Triad Combat.

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The specifics regarding the match-up are unknown, however, late February 2022 is the targeted date for the event. The news broke via an initial report by TMZ and other media houses like MMA Junkie subsequently confirmed the news.

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Chiefly, Triller’s latest venture, Triad Combat aims to pit MMA fighters against boxers in a bid to see who will come out victorious. The push behind the gimmick involves a middle ground between both disciplines.

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‘Rampage’ Jackson and Shannon Briggs were the coaches/mentors for MMA and Boxing respectively, the first time out.

Junior Dos Santos vs Kubrat Pulev will be massive at Triad Combat

‘JDS’ was on a four-fight skid when he received his walking papers from the UFC after being with the company for 12 years. He is looking to start afresh in Triller’s latest enterprise and he will have his hands full going up against Pulev. Pulev has only lost twice in his storied career, with his defeats coming to boxers like Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.

Also, Pulev has experience in Triad Combat as he competed in the maiden event. He came out victorious against Frank Mir in devastating fashion.

It appears Pulev is looking to dispatch yet another former UFC champion in his bid to conquer the Triad Combat circuit. The sheer dominance of his previous victory will position him as the favorite in the eyes of the fans.

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One thing that should be noted was that Frank Mir was never known to possess devastating striking skills, and it was his jiu-jitsu that was highly regarded.

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However, Dos Santos is known to have been one of the best boxers on the heavyweight roster and will provide resistance to Pulev.

Triller’s initial Triad Combat garnered a fair amount of interest from fight fans, and they will be looking to stack their next card as well. ‘JDS’ vs Pulev is a good start and fans will be on the lookout to see the type of match-ups that are set to be announced going forward.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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