“I’ll Beat Them Up” – Former UFC Heavyweight Calls Out Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

Published 11/03/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos, has switched over to boxing. The MMA veteran was released from the UFC earlier this year. Since then, he has kept himself busy.

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In a video posted by his boxing management company, Dos Santos made the announcement of going into the world of boxing. In the process, he called out some of the biggest names in the sport.

Cigano,’ in the video, said, “Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury. I really believe at some point it’s going to happen. I’m gonna have a big fight against one of these guys and I’ll beat them up.”

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The former UFC heavyweight champ had shown interest in switching over to boxing earlier as well.

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In an interview, he said, “We were talking with bare-knuckle (BKFC), Bellator, PFL, some boxing conversations as well. I would love to do a boxing fight, but it’s hard to find heavyweights with enough courage to take a fight. These guys are just talking, but let’s see what’s gonna happen.”

Dos Santos finally has what he wants, and his fans would be eagerly waiting for him to make his debut in the boxing ring. ‘Cigano’ was released from the UFC after he lost his fourth fight in a row. His last fight was against Ciryl Gane at UFC 256, which he lost via TKO in the second round.

Junior Dos Santos – A look back at his career

Junior Dos Santos was one of the most destructive and feared heavyweights at one point. He had the one-punch knockout ability and dominated his opponents. UFC signed him in 2008, and he made an instant impact.

In his debut fight for the promotion, he knocked one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division, Fabricio Werdum. He went on a nine-fight win streak and, in the process, also won the UFC heavyweight title.

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He dropped his title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 and was unable to get going again from there. The defeat against Velasquez marked only the second loss of his MMA career. However, he lost eight more times before he was released. His professional MMA record stands at 21-9.

Since leaving the UFC, he has made appearances as a pro wrestler. He appeared at AEW as part of the American Top Team and entered a feud with Chris Jericho.

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Junior Dos Santos is an MMA legend, and can really pack a punch. The Brazilian fighter has won 15 of his fights via knockout and mostly used boxing inside the octagon. Hence, it will be exciting to see him in a boxing ring.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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