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Junior Dos Santos Defeats Cain Velasquez for UFC Heavyweight Title: Dos Santos’ UFC Record

Junior Dos Santos (r.) Strikes Cain Velasquez During Last Night's UFC Heavyweight Title Fight on FOX

Junior Dos Santos (r.) Strikes Cain Velasquez During Last Night's UFC Heavyweight Title Fight on FOX

Junior Dos Santos finished off Cain Velasquez in just 64 seconds last night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, to take the UFC Heavyweight Title and hand Velasquez his first pro loss.

It was the network premiere for the sport.  The UFC recently signed a seven-year deal with FOX Sports.

Dos Santos’ career mixed martial arts record is 14-1-0.  His sole loss was to Joaquim Ferreira (a Round 1 submission in 2007).  For the UFC, though, Dos Santos is 8-0.  Here’s a quick look at those eight wins, and Junior’s road to the championship.

The Brazilian striker’s nickname is “Cigano,” which literally means “Gypsy.”  How’d he get that nickname?

UFC 90 Oct. 25, 2008 W R1, TKO Fabricio Werdum
UFC 95 Feb. 21, 2009 W R1, TKO Stefan Struve
UFC 103 Sep. 19, 2009 W R3, Sub. Mirko Filipovic
UFC 108 Jan. 2, 2010 W R1, TKO Gilbert Yvel
UFC on Versus Mar. 21, 2010 W R1, TKO Gabriel Gonzaga
UFC 117 Aug. 7, 2010 W R3, Dec. Roy Nelson
UFC 131 Jun. 11, 2011 W R3, Dec. Shane Carwin
UFC on FOX Nov. 12, 2011 W R1, TKO Cain Velasquez

UFC Signs On With FOX Sports for 7-Year Deal: Current and Longest Reigning UFC Champion from Every Weight Division

Anderson Silva, Current UFC Middleweight Champion and Longest Reigning UFC Champion Ever

Anderson Silva, Current UFC Middleweight Champion and Longest Reigning UFC Champion Ever (Getty)

The UFC has officially arrived.  That’s not to say the MMA organization hasn’t grown wildly popular over the past decade, but now it has cemented a place on network television for the next seven years.

The UFC and FOX Sports have inked a seven-year deal that will televise UFC events on FOX’s main network channel, as well as FX and Fuel TV. See the press conference here.

According to Bleacher Report,

“The deal plans to bring four major events to the main FOX network, as well as 32 live fights and two runs of “The Ultimate Fighter” a year to the FX network.  Plans also include to bring pre- and post-fight coverage, as well as other UFC programming, to Fuel TV.

One of the biggest changes, however, is to the format of the promotion’s reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter”.

“‘The Ultimate Fighter’ will be live on FX,” says White, with plans to rebrand the show as “The Ultimate Fighter Live”.”

For Matt Juul‘s full article on the agreement, click this must-read.

Now a lot of fans are in the know on UFC champion history, but now that the UFC is hitting the mainstream airwaves, here’s a primer for the muggles: the current and longest reigning champions from all seven weight divisions.

Heavyweight (206 – 265 lbs.)

Current: Cain Velasquez – 300 days +

Longest: Brock Lesnar – 707 days

Light Heavyweight (186 – 205 lbs.)

Current: Jon Jones – 150 days +

Longest: Tito Ortiz – 1,260 days

Middleweight (171 – 185 lbs.)

Current: Anderson Silva – 1,750 days +

Longest: Anderson Silva – 1,750 days +

Welterweight (156 – 170 lbs.)

Current: Georges St. Pierre – 1,200 days +

Longest: Georges St. Pierre – 1,200 days +

Lightweight (146 – 155 lbs.)

Current: Frankie Edgar – 500 days +

Longest: B.J. Penn – 812 days

Featherweight (136 – 145 lbs.)

Current: Jose Aldo – 250 days +

Longest: Jose Aldo – 250 days +

Bantamweight (126-135 lbs.)

Current: Dominick Cruz – 250 days +

Longest: Dominick Cruz – 250 days +

Junior Dos Santos Defeats Shane Carwin in UFC 131 for Shot at Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez: Greatest UFC Heavyweight Champions of All Time

Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin UFC 131

Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin UFC 131 (mmafrenzy.com)

Junior Dos Santos defeated Shane Carwin Saturday at UFC 131 in a three-round unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 30-26.  Dos Santos will now look to take on current champ Cain Velasquez.

For all the UFC 131 results and recaps, click here.

Here’s a list of the greatest heavyweight champions in UFC history, based on length of time as title holder (in days).

And when you’re done with that, take a look at the UFC Hall of Fame.

FIGHTER DAYS TITLE PROCUREMENT
1. Randy Couture USA 1,200+ Three time Champion: UFC Japan, UFC 28, UFC 68
2. Brock Lesnar USA 707 UFC 91
3. Tim Sylvia USA 551 Two-time Champion: UFC 41, UFC 59
4. Frank Mir USA 419 UFC 48
5. Kevin Randleman USA 364 UFC 23
6. Andrei Arlovski BLR 246+ UFC 51 for Interim, Promoted Later to Official
7. Cain Velasquez USA 230+ UFC 121, Current UFC Heavyweight Champion
8. Mark Coleman USA 170 UFC 12, First UFC Heavyweight Champion
9. Ricco Rodriguez USA 154 UFC 39
10. Maurice Smith USA 147 UFC 14
12. Bas Rutten NED 30+ UFC 20, Forfeited Title Due to Injury
11. Josh Barnett USA N/A UFC 36, Stripped of Title Due to Positive Steroids Test
13. Shane Carwin USA N/A Interim Title Only
14. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira BRA N/A Interim Title Only
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