Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is set to make his first appearance in combat sports since his exit by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A bout between dos Santos and Kubrat Pulev is in the works for the Triad Combat promoted by Triller early next year. TMZ Sports was the first to report the game, which is currently targeted for February. The Triad Combat rule set is touted as a hybrid of boxing and MMA. Fighters are allowed to launch melee blows as well as rear fists and hammer fists. Kicks, knees, elbows are not allowed, nor fighting on the ground. However, fighters are allowed to stand on their opponent’s foot while throwing punches.
Triller Triad Combat hosted its inaugural event on November 27. In the main event, Pulev wrote a permanent knockout of another former UFC heavyweight king, Frank Mir, at 1:59 of the first round of their fight. Pulev owns a professional boxing record of 28-2, with his only two losses to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
Dos Santos hasn’t competed since December 2020, when he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Ciryl Gane in UFC 256. The 37-year-old Brazilian has lost his last four fights in the promotion based in Las Vegas before his release.