Junior dos Santos wins, transforms from power puncher to happiest man on the planet

Maggie Hendricks

Junior dos Santos defended the UFC belt at UFC 146. In the second round, the barrage of dos Santos' punches were too much for Frank Mir. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, and a smile took over dos Santos face.

When UFC commentator Joe Rogan asked JDS how he was feeling, the jubilant heavyweight yelled into the microphone.

"I'm feeling awesome, man!"

He smiled his way through the interview then talked about the young kids he works with in Brazil. He brought one of them with him to the fight. After hoisting the shy boy on his shoulders, JDS kept him there while posing for post-fight pictures.

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In that 15-minute span, dos Santos showed what is so likable about the heavyweight champ. He can put on an exciting fight, hammering Mir so badly that his face was already swollen and bruised by the end of the first round. As soon as the bout was stopped, dos Santos' killer instinct subsided. He became the happy, smiling man who loved his job and wanted to share that joy with everyone he met.

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