by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Junior dos Santos made an impressive UFC debut, stopping Pride veteran Fabricio Werdum with strikes early in the first round. Santos, who trains with UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonoio Rodrigo Nogueira made a bold statement in stopping Werdum, who entered the fight looking to be next in line for a shot at the UFC heavyweight.

Both fighters started out passive as they traded low kicks for much of the first minute sans for a takedown attempt from Werdum, which Santos shrugged off with relative ease.

Shortly after, Santos launched a huge uppercut that dropped Werdum as he finished him off with strikes, prompting the referee to halt the fight at 1:20 of the opening round.

“I trained very hard for this fight and I train with the very best in “Minotauro” Nogueira”.

“I was very confident in my hands and had faith in my training”.

Santos now instantly bolts himself into the UFC heavyweight title picture with his impressive debut as he took out what looked to be the next challenger in Werdum to make a successful UFC debut.