Junior dos Santos dislocated his shoulder halfway by way of his debut for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC battle promotion
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos’ latest run of misfortune continued at Friday’s Eagle FC battle card the place the Brazilian was making his debut for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s group towards one other former UFC fighter, Yorgan De Castro.
The as soon as greatest heavyweight fighter on the earth suffered what was his fifth consecutive loss at Eagle FC 46 in Miami, Florida – however this one was slightly extra uncommon than the others on his latest shedding streak, after he was defeated by third-round TKO after showing to dislocate his personal shoulder after connecting with a punch on his Cape Verdean opponent.
Dos Santos, who’s with no win since 2019, was seemingly forward on the scorecards towards De Castro after dominating the opening exchanges with a gentle stream of highly effective strikes and thunderous leg kicks, however he got here undone within the opening seconds of the third when he suffered the ugly harm after connecting with a proper hand which appeared to place his personal shoulder out of its socket.
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The gritty Brazilian tried to treatment the scenario by tugging at his arm in a bid to reconnect it with its socket, however it was to no avail and the battle was known as off simply over 30 seconds into the third spherical.
“His shoulder popped, I felt it pop,” De Castro stated afterwards. “I might’ve taken benefit of it and charged ahead, however I’m a person, I wished the man to return to his household. I’ve a household, however I’m a f***ing fighter. In the event you guys disrespect me, I’m going to maintain coming, and I can battle anybody.”
After the battle, Khabib issued a message of sympathy on-line, tweeting that Dos Santos “seemed superb tonight”.
Khabib had beforehand said that Dos Santos was in line to be the ultimate opponent for Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko earlier this 12 months after revealing that discussions had taken place for a cross-promotion between his battle league and Bellator, the American MMA group for whom Russian icon Emelianenko is underneath contract.
Nevertheless, it stays to be seen if Dos Santos’ harm has scuppered these plans.
“My shoulder is again to position,” Dos Santos stated shortly after the battle in an Instagram video. “I am not feeling any ache.
“Earlier than I am going to mattress I want to share with you guys that I used to be feeling so comfortable. I used to be feeling excellent throughout the battle, like I have not felt in an extended, very long time.
“Issues have been working good for us earlier than we had this harm.”