On may twelfth, at UFC 211.
It’ll be a rematch two years in the making when Stipe Miocic defends his UFC Heavyweight Championship, against the man who defeated him by a close unanimous decision two years prior to this match, Junior Dos Santos.
At the time, Dos Santos was coming off his third fight and second loss to at the time, UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos was looking to prove a point, even against his next opponent, Stipe Miocic. Originally supposed to take place on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. But Dos Santos pulled out, he cited it was because of a hand injury and he was replaced by Fabio Maldonado.
The rescheduled bout took place on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox: Miocic VS Dos Santos. Miocic lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision. The performance from both opponents won them the performance of the night award and a rematch between the two was heavily demanded.
Since Miocic lost to Dos Santos. Miocic went on to defeat Mark Hunt in a one sided fight, was scheduled to face Ben Rothwell but cited an injury, due to that, they couldn’t find an opponent for Rothwell and when pulled out,they quickly rebooked Miocic to face Andrei Arlovski in a title eliminator where Miocic quickly won by TKO early in the first round, earning him the Performance of the Night award, again.
After Miocic was originally supposed to fight Fabricio Werdum for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on February 6 at UFC Fight Night 82, Werdum pulled out of the fight with a back injury scrapping the fight.
The fight was rescheduled for UFC 198 on May 14, 2016. Where Miocic quickly knocked out Werdum earning himself the win, the nickname “The Silencer ” for silencing the crowd, the UFC Heavyweight Championship and he was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Miocic’s first defense was against Alistair Overeem, despite being knocked down in the fight, Miocic quickly came back and defeated Overeem by TKO earning both performers the Fight of the Night honors.
Since Dos Santos defeated Miocic. Dos Santos took a year off the sport, returned having his three-year delayed fight with Alistair Overeem which eventually took place on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. Dos Santos would lose in the second round to a TKO which didn’t help Dos Santos in having momentum to have a title bout against anyone.
Dos Santos next fight was excepted to be against Stefan Struve. until Struve pulled out a month before the fight, with a shoulder injury. Despite having six weeks to find a replacement,
They couldn’t and so he was pulled from the event, which again didn’t help Dos Santos or earn him a Heavyweight title match again Miocic.
Dos Santos is expected to face Stipe Miocic on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211 for the UFC Heavyweight title. This match has been demanded for two years and for it being for the most prestigious championship in the UFC, you can expect absolutely anything to happen, from the strength Miocic holds to the power Dos Santos holds, many people see Miocic walking out with the win, the Heavyweight title and redemption for losing to Dos Santos two years prior, but it would be a huge surprise if Dos Santos wins the Heavyweight title once again and another win over Miocic.
Don’t miss UFC 211: Miocic VS Dos Santos, on May 13th, 2017 and witness the rematch, two years in the making.
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