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
“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
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.