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UFC 146 Results: Junior Dos Santos Could Be the Most Dominant UFC HW Champ Ever

Junior Dos Santos - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Junior Dos Santos - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Jordy McElroyCorrespondent IMay 28, 2012

Welcome to the era of Junior Dos Santos.

After landing the emphatic right hand that claimed Cain Velasquez and the UFC title in November 2011, Dos Santos was successful in his first defense at UFC 146 against Frank Mir.

In the history of the sport, no fighter has run through the heavyweight division like Dos Santos has.

With a 9-0 record in the UFC, Dos Santos has a great opportunity to become the first fighter to ever defend the UFC heavyweight title three times.

In the era of lighter, well-rounded heavyweights, Dos Santos reigns supreme.

He is easily one of the best boxers in all of MMA, and his takedown defense continues to improve with each outing. Dos Santos' ground game remains a mystery, but he is listed as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

There remains a mountain of challenges ahead for Dos Santos in the ever-growing heavyweight division. A rematch with a very impressive-looking Velasquez appears to be next for the Brazilian.

If he bests Velasquez for a second time, future opponents likely include Alistair Overeem, Daniel Cormier and Fabricio Werdum.

Dos Santos is physically and mentally ready to deal with every challenge the heavyweight division throws at him.

At 27 years of age, "Cigano" isn't your typical young professional athlete partying it up and living the high life. He is dedicated to his craft and honing his skills to become the most dominant champ in UFC history. Fans better get used to Dos Santos.

He could be around for a long time.

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