Things didn’t exactly go as planned at Eagle FC 47, as the main event between Junior Dos Santos (21-10) and Yorgan De Castro (9-3) came to an uneventful ending. Junior Dos Santos threw a right hand in the third round of their heavyweight tilt. A right hand that ended up dislocating the shoulder of ‘Cigano’. Dos Santos appeared to be winning the bout and cruising to victory until the doctors were forced to put a halt to the action.
De Castro was never supposed to win the fight, as Khabib Nurmagomedov was already looking ahead to what’s next for the 38-year-old former UFC champion. Essentially, the plan was simple. Get JDS the win, and move one step closer to a massive cross-promotional fight against Bellator star Fedor Emelianenko (40-6).
Even though Dos Santos didn’t get the win, ‘The Eagle’ still thinks the bout against Fedor is a viable option. Nurmagomedov told MMA Underground‘s John Morgan that he thought Junior looked “amazing” in the fight, leading to the shoulder injury. Khabib Nurmagomedov complimented Dos Santos, saying that “he improved a lot.”
Nurmagomedov is expected to meet with Bellator kingpin Scott Coker near the end of May in hopes of making the bout happen before the end of 2022. Fedor Emelianenko has one fight left on his contract and is expected to retire from mixed martial arts after his next bout.
Junior Dos Santos Gives Update on His Injury at Eagle FC
JDS took to social media to update fans on his shoulder. Thankfully ‘Cigano’ appears to be ok and in good spirits.
“Hey guys, I’m home already. I took my shower, I had my dinner, I’m ready to get some rest now. My shoulder is back into place,” Dos Santos said. “In this position like this, I’m not feeling any pain. I already talked to my doctor. We’re gonna do some exams and figure out what’s gonna be the procedures to get this thing better as soon as possible. But before going to battle, I’d like to share with you guys that I was feeling so happy. I was feeling very good during the fight, like I haven’t felt in a long, long time.”
JDS goes on to say, “It was good because I was able to deliver everything that I worked for, the hard work we put in the gym, I was able to bring inside the octagon on the day of the fight, and things were working good for us until we had this injury.” The freak injury now puts Dos Santos on a 5 fight losing skid. A streak that doesn’t seem to be lowering his stock at all.
As of now, there’s no official time frame for Dos Santos to return to competition.