Junior Dos Santos
June 11, 2011 by USA Post
Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos used to impose its will on the cage. Quickly. The two have combined for 22 stops in the first round (12 of Carwin and 10 for Dos Santos) in his 26 fights. Carwin hands are like a hammer. Even thinner, the engineer of six feet two is constructed as a bar and hits like a Hummer. His first 12 professional fights lasted a total of 16 minutes and 10 seconds. The elegant six-foot-four Dos Santos is an Exocet missile – fast, precise and decisive.
So expect fireworks when 500 pounds of Grade A mixed martial arts heavyweight meet Saturday night in the main event of UFC 131 in Rogers Arena. The winner gets a shot at champion Cain Velasquez. “Do not let the TV,” said Carwin (12-1). “It will not be by the decision, no doubt,” echoed Dos Santos of Brazil (12-1). The two fighters are in the top of the charts for major strikes landed by minute in the UFC. Carwin is No. 1 at 7.65, while Dos Santos is the number 3 in 7.18, according FightMetric. However, both men have had to look in the mirror after his last fight. Carwin himself essentially a punch in the first round against defending champion Brock Lesnar in UFC 116 last July, posting an impressive 40-3 edge in major strikes in the first five minutes. His body shut down exhausted in the second and Carwin was filed two minutes 19 seconds into the second round.
Dos Santos dominated Roy (Big Country) Nelson last August at UFC 117, but could not put the match away plump. He ended up winning by decision, with a 130-40 advantage in major strikes in the fight.
“Roy Nelson has a strong chin,” said Dos Santos. “But I learned a lot there. I was too eager to knock him out. … The coup de grace is the result of good technique in the struggle.”
, Said manager Ed Soares: “He is known for its precision and technique has made it a little too eager to finish the fight.”
Dos Santos believes it is “much faster” and the best way “as a striker who Carwin, whose boxing skills that rates as” very good. ”
The Brazilian is almost a 2-1 favorite, according to the oddsmaker at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Both men have been inactive in recent times.
Dos Santos was employed as coach of the season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Carwin neck surgery.
Carwin had been scheduled to face rookie John Olav Norway Eneimo on this card, only to be promoted to the main event when Lesnar was forced to retire due to a recurrence of diverticulitis.
Since the surgery, Carwin has rejigged his diet and dropped 20 pounds in an attempt to prevent cardiovascular accident that nearly crippled him in the second round against Lesnar. He hopes that the weight from 255 to 260 pounds Saturday night arrived.
Against Lesnar, Carwin had a 39-3 advantage in major strikes in a tense first round saw the champion hangs by a thread.
Despite the result, coach Trevor Wittman liked what he saw. Carwin said demonstrated, at least for a while, a more relaxed, fluid approach to put his punches together.
“In the gym, I loose, I see no problems, and I see no movement. … So when it comes to a technicality, he is there. But being able to put it out there under the lights, I’ve only come to see a touch.
“Experience is the key.”
Loss experience Lesnar, noting Wittman was the first time had ever dared Carwin out of the first round.
“What makes great champions is guys who overcome things and overcome obstacles,” said Wittman. “You’re definitely going to see a different Shane.”
Wittman rates Dos Santos as “the best heavyweight – Shane Carwin off” and said that his camp was ecstatic when offered a chance to confront him.
“We want to fight the best,” he said.
Some would say be careful what you wish. The 240 pounds of Dos Santos is dangerous.
“It’s a heavyweight who moves like a lightweight,” said jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia, who trains with a medium Dos Santos. “That is the difference…. I think he will be champion one day.”
Nelson said: “I believe that JDS has probably the best I’ve seen strike in the heavyweight division.”
Even Wittman is in love with the hands of Dos Santos.
“Dos Santos comes to the chin on a consistent basis – and with good shots,” he said admiringly. “No shots, no straight rights, but the hooks and uppercuts. Those shots are finished; those are shots that you put out. And Dos Santos is the best at that.
“He lands them, put them where they are supposed to. That’s the beauty of this, which is what makes me a fan, who knows what he is doing.”
Dos Santos has been suggested throughout the week that Carwin, once the tastes of his speed and power, will look to take the fight to the ground.
Carwin is a former wrestler in the Division 2 national champion, who fell a surprising and rarely has had to rely on other skills.
“I’d rather fight standup and I’ll try to stand with him. But if he takes me down and I got there, then I will show my jiu-jitsu for the fans,” said Dos Santos, who has a brown belt jiu-jitsu and trains with the Nogueira brothers boasted.
Dos Santos is difficult to move. He has fought off 89 percent of demolition attempts against him in the UFC. Carwin accuracy of disassembly, however, is only 25 percent.
Both men are good stories out of the cage.
A former star of the NCAA Division II wrestler and football player, 36-year-old Carwin Senior Bowl played in 1998, attended the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and was once touted as a fifth-round draft pick in the NFL until a back injury cools interest. Linebacker still deserved a test with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Instead of playing football for seals in New England, he returned to school and earned the title of Division II national wrestling in 1999 in Fargo, ND
When not fighting, Carwin is a water engineer in northern Weld County in Colorado, where he helped develop hydraulic models and infrastructure review of new subdivisions and growth. His resume includes degrees from Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison and the Colorado School of Mines.
The 27-year-old, Dos Santos did not start training jiu-jitsu until about six years. A waiter in Brazil, went to the gym to get fit, “since I was a little fat,” he said with a smile.
Soares believes that Dos Santos is a good athlete; he would be in the NFL, if born in the United States.
“Of all our athletes we have, which is the most athletic,” said Soares, whose Black House stable characteristics of the Nogueiras and middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“I could have played any professional sport would have set his mind,” said Soares.
“It’s not a rider,” offers a reporter.
“The horse, perhaps,” Soares said, smiling.
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