Like many of his colleagues, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is on the verge of moving into the ring, albeit not in the traditional way.
Cigano, who played against experienced boxer Kubrat Pulev, will debut in the triangle stage of the Thriller’s Triad Combat, a fight that combines boxing with some MMA punches and clinching techniques. However, elbows, blows, unloading and handing are still not allowed.
After leaving the UFC undefeated in four fights, Junior is hoping to find a new impetus in the Triad. The Brazilian, who has never done so before, believes the transition could be a good opportunity to re-evaluate himself as an athlete and overcome new challenges.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. I showed myself and I really missed the fight. ” said Junior Ag Fight. “It’s exciting to be back in training,” he said. I am very enthusiastic. Pulev is very experienced. He was a very tough guy who fought big names in boxing. It is a challenge that moves any person. I will not fight there in vain without career aspirations. At 37, my goal is to achieve great things. It’s bigger than what I’ve already achieved. “
An experienced boxer with a 28-2 record and 14 knockouts, Pulev has already welcomed another former UFC champion in Frank Mir. In November 2021, Kubrat knocked out the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in the first round.
However, Cigano thinks his style is more suited to Pulevnik than Mirniki. Praised for being the best boxer in the UFC heavyweight division, Junior hopes to have the opportunity to showcase his skills in a fight that awaits an exciting and dangerous fight for a professional boxer.
“I think the rules will help me get into boxing perfectly. If I had a chance to try myself in boxing, that’s it. It’s time. The campaign gives boxers a chance to do a little MMA and MMA guys a little boxing. It’s the perfect mix. “
“I think I like the rules of wrestling.” Junior continued. “But I’m not there to fight, you know. I came to box. I want to let my hands fly, I do my best. I’m always looking for a knockout. “
As mentioned above, Cigano (21-9) has lost four fights to the UFC, knocking out Cyril Gane, Jairzinho Rosenstruik, Curtis Bladez and Francis Ngannouga. The 37-year-old’s last win came in March 2019, when he knocked out Derrick Lewis.
Now Junior Triller’s Triad Combat 2 is expected to play against Pulev in the main event. The card is expected to take place on February 26 in Houston, Texas. The map also includes former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in the fight against Chad Dawson, as well as Octagon veterans Sam Sicily and Jimmy Rivera.