Junior dos Santos didn’t get the win he wanted in his Eagle FC debut.
Fighting for the first time since his UFC release, dos Santos suffered an unlucky third-round TKO loss to Yorgan De Castro after injuring his shoulder while throwing a punch. The former UFC heavyweight champion was likely winning the bout prior to his injury, having methodically chopped down De Castro with a relentless stream of powerful leg kicks.
It’s the fifth straight loss for dos Santos, who at 38 years old was eyeing a new chapter for his career after parting ways with the UFC nd signing with Eagle FC. The loss stings even more because it may put a potential co-promoted bout with Fedor Emelianenko in jeopardy, which Eagle FC president Khabib Nurmagomedov and Bellator president Scott Coker both teased earlier in the week could be on the table if dos Santos managed to win.
See how Nurmagomedov and the rest of the fight world reacted to dos Santos’ unfortunate Eagle FC debut below.
#EagleFC47 it's great to have the opportunity to see the Cigano fight again.— Alexandre Pantoja (@Pantojamma) May 21, 2022
Dos Santos is the legend, let’s go @junior_cigano @AmericanTopTeam #EagleFC47— Muhammad Mokaev (@muhammadmokaev) May 21, 2022
De Castro tryin to land those bombs on JDS #EagleFC— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) May 21, 2022
Yorgan De Castro wins the #EagleFC47 main event via TKO after JDS suffers a shoulder injury in the third round. pic.twitter.com/vkI2cuNHiV— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 21, 2022
Eagle FC 47 main event ends after Junior dos Santos dislocates his shoulder pic.twitter.com/DMRhp1j84D— Eagle FC (@EagleFightClub) May 21, 2022
Feel bad for @junior_cigano— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 21, 2022
He look amazing tonight #eaglefc47
Man that sucks jds was looking so good it’s crazy what can happen in a fight #EagleFC47— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 21, 2022
Great performance by @junior_cigano for me he won the fight, even with his shoulder injury! #EagleFC47 @EagleFightClub— Glaico França (@glaiconego) May 21, 2022
Run it back #EagleFC47— WW Mike Rod (@mrodmma) May 21, 2022
Crazy ending to the @EagleFightClub main event, i had JDS up 2 rounds!! Awesome event overall @EagleFightClub @EagleOnFLX— kurt holobaugh (@KurtHolobaugh) May 21, 2022