Back in December of 2014, MMA fans were treated to one of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history. Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos engaged in a fan pleasing chingasos-fest! There was a lot of head trauma and drama, but somehow, some way, the fight went the distance and Junior Dos Santos picked up the unanimous decision victory. A lot has happened since then, and now, Stipe Miocic is the UFC heavyweight champion and he gets a chance to avenge that loss. Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos.
Stipe Miocic is coming into this UFC heavyweight title defense with an overall MMA record of 16-2. Miocic is a fight finisher as we can see from the fact that 12 of those 16 wins have come via KO/TKO. Another one of his wins came via a leg kick submission. His last loss was to Junior Dos Santos back in that December 2014 brawl. Since then, he’s rattled off four KO/TKO’s in a row. His last three opponents have not made it past the first round!
Stipe came into MMA with good wrestling and excellent boxing skills. He’s only sharpened those swords! In his last for fights, he’s faced the who’s who of the heavyweight division and has finished them all! He finished off Mark Hunt in the 5th round, Andre Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem all in the first round.
Junior Dos Santos is coming into UFC 211 with an overall MMA record of 18-4. Junior Dos Santos is also exceptionally good at finishing fights! Like Miocic, he also has 12 KO/TKO’s on his resume. You can also tack on 2 submission victories. Junior Dos Santos is looking to regain some momentum as he hasn’t been very active lately and is only 3-3 in his last 6 fights. Dos Santos has only had two fights since that win over Miocic, a loss to Alistair Overeem in December of 2015 and a win in his most recent outing versus Ben Rothwell.
Junior Dos Santos is a dangerous fighter and has wins over some of the top heavyweights in the UFC. He became UFC champion when he knocked out Cain Velasquez back in November of 2011. He was able to defend that title against Frank Mir by knocking him out in the 2nd round. Unfortunately for JDS, Cain Velasquez came back for his belt with a vengeance and schooled him through 5 rounds. JDS earned a trilogy with Velasquez with a solid TKO win over Mark Hunt. JDS wasn’t able to get past Cain Velasquez in the trilogy, but has hung around the top of the division and with a win over Miocic, and Rothwell, he’s found himself here with another shot at the title.
Junior Dos Santos is a tough UFC veteran. He’s been in the UFC since 2008 and has fought the best. He’s experienced, but he’s also taken a lot of damage. That damage will rear it’s ugly face in this fight. While JDS has beaten Stipe Miocic in the past, he’ll now face a vastly improved Miocic, and that will be a problem!
Look for these fighter to trade hard chingasos! At this point in their careers, Miocic has a better chin and that will make all the difference. Look for Miocic to trade with JDS and get the better of those exchanges. Sooner or later, the wear and tear that JDS’s chin has taken will be the chink in his armor that will lead to his downfall. This fight will not need the judges, Miocic will get the KO/TKO.
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