Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is heading back into the lions den for his next fight against Francis Ngannou at UFC 215 on September 9th.
Dos Santos attempted to win back his title last month at UFC 211 against current champion Stipe Miocic, but only lasted half a round before being TKO’d.
That continued a win-one, lose-one stretch for JDS that’s been occuring since 2012, during which time he’s now been TKO’d three times and been in numerous brutal wars that appear to have taken a toll on the 33 year-old, who had only only lost once in his entire career before that.
As for Ngannou, he’s been a breathe of fresh air in the aging heavyweight ranks over the past couple of years, stringing together a five-fight winning streak in the UFC to date, with all his wins coming inside the distance by either strikes or submission.
The 33-year-old fighter, who was born in Cameroon but who is based in france, defeated Andrei Arlovski by TKO in 92 seconds back in January and is currently ranked No.5 in the division, with a win over Dos Santos sure to propel him into the title picture.