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Can Stipe Miocic avenge his loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211?
This weekend UFC 211 will feature a rematch between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In their first fight back in 2014, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision in a close fight. Since then Dos Santos has been dealing with injuries and fights being cancelled, due to his opponents being injured as well. After Miocic fight with Dos Santos, Miocic has been on a 4 fight winning streak and has become the reigning UFC heavyweight Champion. Miocic has also gotten better from his fight with Dos Santos. Unlike their first fight, Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 will be for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and both fighters are looking prove they are the best in their Division.
Dos Santos last win, was in April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night against Ben Rothwell. Completely outclassing Rothwell, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision and looked in great shape. Dos Santos was supposed to fight Stefan Struve in February, but Struve would injure his shoulder and cancel the fight. UFC 211 will be Dos Santos first fight back in the Octagon in over a year. However, Dos Santos will go into the Main Event, knowing he has victory over Miocic and has an idea of what to expect in their rematch. A win this weekend for Dos Santos not only will make him a 2 time UFC Heavyweight Champion, but puts him in the conversation as one of the best Heavyweights in UFC history.
Since his loss to Dos Santos, Miocic has took the Heavyweight Division by storm. Miocic would Knockout MMA Heavyweight Legends in Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski and would Knockout Fabricio Werdum to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Miocic would then defend and retain his Championship against Alistair Overeem, winning by Knockout at UFC 203. In the last two years, Miocic has become the face of the Heavyweight Division. However, Miocic biggest fight in his career awaits him at UFC 211. A win over Dos Santos can cement his legacy and help make his case as someone that should be mentioned as one of the greatest pound for pound fighter in the UFC.
Prediction: While Dos Santos already has a victory over Miocic, its hard not to pick Miocic to win this fight. Miocic has been the more active fighter and has gotten better, from the last time he fought Dos Santos. Dos Santos is coming into the fight, not fighting in over a year and a question can be made if he will have any ring rust. Also a question can be made, is Dos Santos coming into this fight in the same shape like when he fought Rothwell last year. However, Dos Santos can Knockout anyone and even dropped Miocic in their first fight. Still at UFC 211, I predict Miocic will get the win and will remain the best in the Heavyweight Division.
Written By Tyriece Simon