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Junior Dos Santos Gets a Heavyweight Title Shot

Written on August 09, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Dana White knows how to encourage his fighter to give a good match. If not because of his promise for a title shot, Junior Dos Santos would not give his best shot. And it seems that the Brazilian big man is taking the promise for keeps.

Junior Dos Santos appears to get his promised title shot after winning at the UFC 117 against Roy Nelson. According to the UFC President Dana White, the performance was good enough to give the Brazilian big man a chance for the belt. The Dos Santos vs. Nelson bout was featured on the UFC 117 Card, where the former beats “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ winner. Though he was given strikes from all angles, Nelson’s body proves to be capable of accepting physical punishments. He even fought through and survived the final bell. It’s the score card (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) that gave a lopsided nature to the fight.

Aside from bigger challenges that awaits Dos Santos, he became more focused for UFC 117 because of the promised title shot. And in the event that he’ll win his upcoming match, three of the five title holders would be Brazilian. That would be Junior Dos Santos, Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. But if the title shot would take place in the big man’s home town, that remains to be seen. However, White stated that the company is planning for a Brazilian expansion.

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