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Junior dos Santos Scouting Report

Junior dos Santos Scouting Report

junior dos santos scouting report

Junior dos Santos Scouting Report


6’4″ 246.5 lbs (Heavyweight)
77″ reach, Orthodox
January 30, 1984


21-6 (UFC: 15-5)

Current Streak

1 straight loss


Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2011-2012 (one successful title defense)


– elite MMA striker
– one of the hardest punchers in the sport (gets a lot of knockdowns)
– devastating knockout artist – vast majority of wins come via KO
– very active striker
– also a fairly accurate striker – lands about half his significant strikes
– very good at out-striking opponents
– extremely accurate with his takedowns
– also very successful stuffing opponent’s takedown attempts
– when an opponent has been able to take him down, he often has gotten back up immediately
– good cardio – striking pace doesn’t fall much as fight progresses
– very well coached


– slightly below average reach for his height
– despite being a BJJ black belt, doesn’t utilize his ground game
– doesn’t utilize kicks very often
– can be knocked out
– can be worn down as fight goes on
– becoming a one-dimensional fighter – only boxes
– has habit of backing up against cage
– best years seem to be behind him
– has taken a lot of damage over his career


Junior dos Santos might be the nicest guy in the world outside of the Octagon, but once that cage door closes, he’s a killer and an elite fighter.

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