Junior Dos Santos
Junior dos Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒũnjoʁ dus ˈsɐ̃tus]; born January 30, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Heavyweight Champion. As of December 2015, he is #4 in official UFC heavyweight rankings after the champion Fabrício Werdum, in addition to being ranked as the #4 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Born into a poor family, dos Santos was raised by a single mother. In order to help his family he started to work at the age of ten. His first serious contact with martial arts happened at the age of 21, when he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Yuri Carlton. After only six months of training, dos Santos won a few jiu-jitsu tournaments in Salvador. Dos Santos was soon invited[by whom?] to join an MMA practice, where he met his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dórea. Roughly a year after he started training jiu-jitsu he had his debut professional fight.