Lost in searching for Anderson Silva’s whereabouts at UFC 90 was the shocking upset that Junior Dos Santos pulled off over heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum. Saturday marked Dos Santos’ first fight under the bright lights of the UFC, and only his ninth professional bout overall. Not only was Wedum a 9-to-1 favorite to destroy the youngster, he also outweighed him by an impressive 22 pound margin at weigh-ins.
Despite the odds being stacked against him, the Brazilian that nobody expected to win decided to seize the moment instead of succumbing to its pressure. It was Dos Santos, not Werdum, that played the part of the UFC veteran that was possibly one win away from a title bout.
“I trained very hard for this fight,” Dos Santos said through a translator. “I knew that once my hand would get in there and hit him; I knew I can knock him out. So I just waited for the right time and I put my fist in his face.”
The right time was at 1:21 in the 1stRound of their matchup, and he certainly put his fist in Werdum’s face.
“Upper(cut) is probably one of my best punches,” said Dos Santos. “I train that a lot and I knew that once I hit him with a couple jabs; I knew that he always dropped his head. So as soon as I hit him with a couple jabs, he got down and I landed the upper perfectly.”
That devastating uppercut earned him Knockout of the Night honors, netting him an additional $60,000. It also assured him of at least one more bout in the Octagon. However, if any of his future fights ends the way this one did, Dos Santos may have found himself a permanent home.
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