UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is the new star of Nike’s Brazilian team.

The 28-year-old “Cigano” now stands alongside the likes of middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light heavyweight titlist Jon Jones as the latest UFC athlete to ink a sponsorship deal with the international sports apparel giant. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Junior Cigano is a top athlete, and to have him on the Nike team is an honor,” said Luís Alexandre, director of sports marketing for Nike Brazil. “The information we receive from athletes is the vector of innovation at Nike. A top athlete is never satisfied. He always wants more: more wins, more titles, better products. This is the energy that moves the brand.”

Dos Santos, who is also sponsored by Brazilian soccer team Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, returns to the Octagon in December to defend his belt against former champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 in Las Vegas. The Brazilian last competed on May 26 at UFC 146, where he defended his title for the first time by knocking out another ex-champ in Frank Mir. Known for his punching power and boxing skills, dos Santos has lost just once during his six-year pro career and owns 11 of his 15 victories by way of knockout.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator's Joe Schilling: Anderson Silva would not last 3 rounds with me in kickboxing

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

Get Joe Schilling's thoughts on kickboxing vs. MMA, a potential switch to boxing, and how a fight with Anderson Silva would go. Joe Schilling is a fighter that has made himself known to kickboxing fa read news >>

Morning Report: Dan Henderson would have liked to see Jon Jones face 'higher consequences' after his 'four hours of reha

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Dan Henderson isn't a big fan of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Embroiled in the collateral damage of the beef between Jones and then No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier, Henderson was its bigg read news >>

Luke Rockhold on Anderson Silva: 'A cheater is a cheater'

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Top middleweight contender Luke Rockhold asserts his stance on Anderson Silva's UFC 183 steroid scandal and discusses the implications of the UFC's new drug-testing program. Anderson Silva's failed d read news >>

Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz Delay UFC 183 Drug Test Hearings Again

  • 26 days ago
  • 8 views

Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz have once again requested and been granted continuances for their UFC 183-related drug test hearings. read news >>

UFC 187: Anthony Johnson taps GLORY champ Rico Verhoeven to train for Jon Jones fight

  • 26 days ago
  • 72 views

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is bringing in the GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven, to help him prepare for his UFC 187 light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones, which takes place on May 2 read news >>

Luke Rockhold Slams 'Cheater' Anderson Silva, Discusses UFC Drug Testing

  • 27 days ago
  • 44 views

UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold believes Anderson Silva and every fighter in the organisation should receive a four-year suspension if they are found guilty of doping. Silva failed drug tests before a read news >>

Report: Anderson Silva postpones NAC hearing again; hearing pushed back to May

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

It looks like Anderson Silva is still not ready to take his case to court, as he asked for his meeting with the Nevada Athletic Commission to be postponed one more time due to tests that he still nee read news >>

Anderson Silva gets more time to answer NSAC's complaint, hearing likely in May

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission granted a request from Anderson Silva for more time to file an answer to the commission’s complaint against him. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Luke Rockhold: Anderson Silva is just like all the other steroid users: a cheater!

  • 27 days ago
  • 54 views

A lot of folks in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community had a hard time believing that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva knowingly took steroids, simpl read news >>