Junior dos Santos came from the slums of Brazil to capture the UFC heavyweight crown by the age of 27. Now that he’s officially achieved superstardom, dos Santos is taking the opportunity to make dreams come true for the next generation of underprivileged Brazilians.
During his training camp for Frank Mir, Breno Luis Ferreira (Pictured) emerged as a regular observer at the gym. The nine-year-old soon became a favorite among Team 2Santos.
“We love having him in the gym. He’s been coming to the gym so often now he’s become a little friend,” dos Santos shared. “After my last sparring session before flying to the US, he asked me why I had to fight in Vegas, and when I explained he said he wanted to come to help me win.
“He didn’t have a passport, his mother didn’t have a passport but I was a little guy once and people helped me. If we could make the little guy’s dream come true, if we were able somehow, why wouldn’t we?”
Dos Santos then had as many as two dozen officials work on two continents to get everything in order for Breno, his mother Simone and 16-year-old brother Pedro Gabriel to travel and sit Octagonside at UFC 146. The trio touched down at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport on Wednesday and were checked in to an MGM hotel room that was bigger than their home in Salvador.
“At this point in my career, I can be a motivation and role model for these little guys from home,” dos Santos expressed. “The kids see that all the fighters from the gym have good cars; they can see that hard work does lead to something good in life.”
Ferreira got his first taste of UFC action during Wednesday’s media workouts. Dos Santos immediately embraced the “Little Guy” after making eye contact and even took the time to roll with him on the mat.
Guess who Ferreira thought would leave UFC 146 with the strap?
“’Cigano’ is the strongest man in the world,” Ferreira said of his idol. “He can defeat anybody even though he is nice. He will beat Frank Mir on Saturday. I’ve seen him in the gym and he will win with a left hook followed by a big right uppercut. This will be in the first round.”
Please click the media player below to watch Ferreira’s adventures in Vegas:
UFC 146 airs live on pay-per-view this Saturday, May 26th, from the MGM Grand Gardens Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event starts at 7 PM/10 PM PTET. FilmDrunk editor and UPROXX Network MMA expert Vince Mancini will be handling the play-by-play alongside UFC vet and UFC.com writer Dan “Danny Boy” Downes, so you won’t want to miss it.
The show is headlined by a Heavyweight...
“UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir” will be jumping off Saturday inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Facebook kicks off tonight’s festivities by streaming three preliminary bouts at approximately 6:45PM ET/3:45PM PT.
Fans simply have to “Like” the UFC’s Facebook page in order to watch the scraps live.
FX will then broadcast four prelims starting at 8PM...
Via The Hair of the Dog Sports Blog
May 25, 2012
Frank Mir looks to become a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion this Saturday night when he challenges Junior Dos Santos for the title. Dos Santos will be defending the title for the first time since he won the belt from Cain Velasquez back in November. He also enters the fight with a score to settle for his friend and mentor, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Nogueira had his arm snapped...
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos captured the title with a first round knockout of Cain Velasquez at UFC on FOX 1 last December. He now faces the challenge of defending the title for the first time against former champion Frank Mir at UFC 146 on Saturday night. Take a look into the training and personal lives of the fighters as they prepare for their main event clash.
As a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir (Pictured) has already been around the block and back. That’s why the 33-year-old has acted as cool as a cucumber heading into Saturday’s showdown against reigning champ Junior dos Santos, despite the fact he’s a whopping 4-to-1 underdog.
Although Mir fully expects to leave Las Vegas with the title wrapped around his...
All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir” event will be tipping the scale today inside MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Please click HERE if you would like to stream today’s weight competition.
A heavyweight title tilt between champion Junior...
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Frank Mir (Pictured) has exuded nothing but confidence heading into Saturday’s shootout against heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. According to the Gambling Gods, he has absolutely no reason to feel so self-assured.
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UFC 146 goes down tomorrow now from Sin City and after three hard years of busting our asses off here at Fight Hub TV we were finally granted access to cover the main event fight between Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir. We put together this little highlight video of the weigh ins from earlier [...]
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be returning to Indianapolis, Indiana for the first time since 2010 for UFC on FX 5.
The bout was announced by the UFC on Twitter and also by IndyStar.com.The Bankers Life Fieldhouse will play host to the action on September 7th. No bouts have yet to be announced for the event but you can probably expect them in the near future.
The UFC first...
Full Results from Las Vegas: Champion Junior Dos Santos (239) vs. Frank Mir (261) Antonio Silva (264) vs. Cain Velasquez (240) Dave Herman (233) vs. Roy Nelson (254) Shane Del Rosario (246) vs. Stipe Miocic (245) Lavar Johnson (248) vs. Stefan Struve (255) Diego Brandao (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145) Edson Barboza (155) vs. Jamie [...]
Jim Ross is back with another blog on his website. Here are a few highlights.
Thoughts on tonight's UFC PPV
I've got Junior Dos Santos taking care of Frank Mir tonight at UFC 146 by KO or TKO in three rounds or less. Mir seemed to be 'heavy' weighing in at 261 which will likely make him 270ish by fight time. JDS still has some UFC fans thinking that the Brazilian...
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If you happened to miss Wednesday’s premiere of “Countdown to UFC 146” on FUEL TV, no worries because we’ve located the footage for you. UFC 146 takes place this Saturday and features a heavyweight title tilt between champion Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir (Pictured).
The 30-minute documentary focused on the 265-pounders as they prepare for their shootout. The video also...
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