MMA: Miocic enters the octagon to avenge his 2014 loss to dos Santos at UFC 211 (with MAIN EVENT PREDICTION)
Coming into the main event of UFC 211 with the mental edge, is dos Santos in many fan’s minds but the other side of the argument offers that the edge belongs to Miocic, who wears the title. Who does the Play Your Way Network side with?
A Brief History of this Bout
Stipe Miocic, a fan favorite in the heavyweight division, has been building the start of what promises to be a dominant streak as the big man holding the title in a division of giants.
While Stipe has won over the press and fans alike in his appearances, it’s hard to believe it was only a year ago when he shocked the crowd with an early KO of Fabricio Werdum (who at that time was on a win streak that dated back to 2011) at UFC 203. Making his next step toward being a fighting champion, “The Silencer” returned to his home state (Ohio) to snuff out Alistair Overeem’s dream of a comeback title claim.
But at UFC 211, that title reign could end if history is to repeat itself.
Junior dos Santos has earned a chance to remind fans of who he is, and how he became a dominant force that is ever present (along side Cain Velasquez) in the heavyweight division – a memory not far from Stipe’s mind as he for sure recalls losing to JDS by unanimous decision in 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.
FIGHT PREDICTION: Miocic def. dos Santos
We give Miocic the edge as he shows to be the more improved fighter over the last few years. Stipe has maintained a healthier output and hasn’t showed any signs of slowing his progress. Moreover, while dos Santos won the first chapter of this story, it was a back and forth fight – at a time where Stipe hadn’t yet peaked and dos Santos should have been at the top of his game. Miocic is knocking guys out these days and you can expect a fight of the night outcome at UFC 211. Vegas odds: Stipe Miocic (-130) vs. Junior Dos Santos (+110)
Remaining Main Fight Card (with Vegas odds) includes (as of 5/11/17):
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-155) vs. Jessica Andrade (+135)
Jorge Masvidal (-130) vs. Demian Maia (+110)
Frankie Edgar (-130) vs. Yair Rodriguez (+110)
Henry Cejudo (-440) vs. Sergio Pettis (+350)
Undercard on FX Prelims and UFC Fight Pass
Dustin Poirier (-130) vs. Eddie Alvarez (+110)
Chas Skelly (-125) vs. Jason Knight (+105)
Krzysztof Jotko (-145) vs. David Branch (+125)
James Vick (-420) vs. Polo Reyes (+335)
Jared Gordon (-145) vs. Michel Quinones (+125)
Chase Sherman (-145) vs. Rashad Coulter (+125)
Cortney Casey (-130) vs. Jessica Aguilar (+110)
Gabriel Benitez (-190) vs. Enrique Barzola (+165)
Gadzhimurad Antigulov (-400) vs. Joachim Christensen (+325)
UFC 211 takes place Saturday May 13, in Dallas, TX.