BURBANK — It seems the only thing Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos does more frequently than knock people out these days is sport an ear-to-ear grin.
The affable and always-engaging “Cigano” sat down once more at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Burbank on Thursday afternoon, interrupting his training camp in his native Brazil, to promote his year-end title defense against Cain Velasquez.
For roughly two hours, the man who’s knocked out 11 opponents in a 15-1 career joked, laughed, smiled and spoke about his career thus far, Velasquez and everything in between while showcasing the friendly demeanor that’s quickly made him a fan favorite in the mixed-martial-arts world.
“I really believe in ... positive energy,” said dos Santos, who won the title from Velasquez in November 2011 with a first-round knockout in the UFC’s debut on FOX. “I really believe to deserve good things, you have to be a good person. I try to be the best I can to other people.”