Triller: Junior dos Santos to Face Kubrat Pulev in Triad Combat in 2022

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 11: Junior Dos Santos of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Former UFC champion Junior dos Santos and former boxing champion Kubrat Pulev are being targeted for a bout in Triad Combat in February of 2022.

Triad Combat will be pitting another former UFC titleholder against Kubrat Pulev in 2022 as Junior dos Santos is expected to enter the triangle next year.  TMZ was first to report the news.  The event will take place in February, although no exact date was announced.

Former UFC champion Junior dos Santos (21-9) is looking to embark on a third chapter of his career after having spent over a decade competing in the Octagon.  A perennially ranked contender for years, “Cigano” is best known for holding the heavyweight title from 2011 to 2012 and facing a who’s who of the top UFC heavyweights in the past decade.  Following his release from the promotion after a four fight skid, dos Santos did not fight in 2021.  It was recently reported by ESPN that he is now being represented by Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA.  Notably, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov expressed interest in signing him last week to compete as part of Eagle Fighting Championship.

Kubrat Pulev (28-2 in boxing) is best known for having blazed a trail to become one of the top heavyweight contenders of the past decade.  A former WBA and IBF champion, Pulev’s only losses came to heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko and British superstar Anthony Joshua.  Last month, Pulev stopped former UFC champion Frank Mir by first round TKO in the main event of the inaugural Triad Combat event.

No bouts for the undercard have been announced at this time.


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