Heavy-handed Brazilian knockout artist Junior dos Santos (8-1) will look to keep his perfect record inside the Octagon intact when he collides with mixed martial arts journeyman Justin McCully (9-4-2) at UFC 102 from the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., on August 29, according to Tatame.com.
"Cigano" recently felled the Dutch "Skyscraper," also known as Stefan Struve via technical knockout (strikes), at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson" earlier this year on Feb. 21. It was a nice encore performance after he burst on the scene with an 81-second knockout of Fabricio Werdum — widely considered a top player in the division — in his debut for the promotion at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" back in October 2008.
The Team Nogueira-trained fighter has never been beyond the first round in his professional career, finishing his all of his opponents (with the exception of one) with a mix of submissions and (technical) knockouts.
He has looked powerful and crisp in all of his UFC performances. It will be interesting to see of he can keep pace in the division alongside other up-and-comers such as Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez and others with another win against the tricky "Team Punishment" Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist.
McCully was supposed to take on highly touted British heavyweight Neil Grove at UFC 95. However, "The Insane One" was replaced on short notice with Mike Ciesnolevicz after he sustained a cut while training for the heavyweight tilt.
He is known for wearing on his opponents with a strong wrestling base and then usually tries to end fights with his solid submission game. And it has been effective as of late. In fact, McCully has won four of his last five fights, including two of three in the Octagon since returning to action from a three-year hiatus in 2006.
He defeated talented striker Antoni Hardonk at Ultimate Fight Night 9 by unanimous decision in April of 2007, then lost to Gabriel Gonzaga by first round submission at UFC 86: "Jackson vs. Griffin" over a year later. "The Insane One" most recently grinded out another unanimous decision victory over Eddie Sanchez at "Fight For The Troops" in December.
UFC 102 is expected to feature one of the sport’s biggest stars — and local-area product — former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture, locking horns with former Pride FC and UFC interim heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira.
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