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Junior dos Santos joins Brazil’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast

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Junior dos Santos "faces off" with his dancing coach, Ana Paula Guedes.
Photo via dos Santos' social media

Junior dos Santos will show off his dancing skills at the upcoming season of “Dança dos Famosos”, the Brazilian version of Dancing with the Stars that airs at Globo’s “Domingão do Faustão” starting Aug. 25, Globo announced Sunday.

“Cigano” is the second MMA fighter to be on the cast of the dancing show in Brazil. His longtime friend and mentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion, was on the ninth season of the program in 2012, but didn’t make it to the final.

Fellow MMA fighters Paige VanZant and Chuck Liddell appeared on the original show in the U.S. in the past.

As far his career inside the Octagon, dos Santos recently had his title shot hopes crushed in 71 seconds by Francis Ngannou, losing in the main event of UFC Minneapolis. The former UFC heavyweight champion now holds a 21-6 record with 15 victories under the UFC banner.