UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2
Posted 20 March 2017 - 20:16
PPV MAIN CARD
Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos - Heavyweight Title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade - Strawweight Title
Frankie Edgar vs Yair Rodriguez
Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal
Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis
Chas Skelly vs Jason Knight
David Branch vs Krzysztof Jotko
James Vick vs Marco Polo Reyes
FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Gabriel Benitez vs Enrique Barzola
Jarjis Danho vs Dmitry Poberezhets
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs Joachim Christensen
Just fucking look at that, will you? Easily the most stacked card since UFC 205. That main card is amazing. One of the best they've ever put together on paper. Hopefully it all stays intact.
Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 is a hell of a main event. I can't wait to see it. Two of the scariest heavyweights there's ever been in the UFC. Both mega dangerous, both powerful, both pretty fast for big men, both granite tough. And they've met before.
The first fight was an epic five round war in December 2014 on FOX. Seriously, if you haven't seen this fight you need to fix that. One of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history for me. It was a back and forth for the full 25 minutes. JDS won the decision that night but it was razor close and many had Miocic winning. It felt like there needed to be a rematch and that there was unfinished business but it just never lined up until now.
Miocic has gone unbeaten since then. He bounced back with a string of four stoppage wins over Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem. Three of the four were first round finishes and today he's the UFC heavyweight champion. JDS has only fought twice since that 2014 fight. A loss to Overeem and a win over Ben Rothwell. A mixed bag and he's spent a massive chunk of the last three years battling injuries. He did look excellent in the Rothwell win but that was a year ago now so fuck knows what form the big man's in now.
Don't expect much in the way of trash talk between these two. There seems to be nothing but respect there, as JDS confirms here...
"He's a great champion. I really like him because he's a fair fighter. I don't see him cheating or doing any crazy things. I see him as a good example to other fighters. But I have to tell you there is just one No.1 in the world."
"There's just one heavyweight champion. Just one baddest man on the planet. And that one guy is myself" - Junior Dos Santos
Can't see any way this fight doesn't deliver. It's either going to be Miocic by KO, JDS by KO, or we're getting another 25 minute slugfest. I'm hoping JDS wins. I don't dislike Miocic but I just can't warm to the big goofball for whatever reason and I love JDS. It'd be lovely to see him with the belt again.
Jedrzejczyk vs Andrade should be a wild fight. I really like this pairing. Should make for a nice contrast in styles. Jedrzejczyk is as technical a striker as there is in MMA. She's probably hands down my favourite striker to watch in the sport at the moment. It's just a joy to watch her fight. She's been pushed to the limit in her last two title defences by tough girls in Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. I see this being something similar because Jessica Andrade is no fucking joke. She's a scrappy and super aggressive little fireplug of a woman. She's basically the female John Lineker. Can't go wrong with these two.
Edgar vs Rodriguez is another awesome clash of styles. Edgar's no nonsense, non flashy mix of slick boxing and high level wrestling combined with insane toughness vs Rodriguez's fearlessness, Tekken striking offence and lizard grappling. I absolutely love the sound of this. Part of me is thinking this is a test Yair Rodriguez isn't quite ready for but we'll see. Yair smashing up the shell of BJ Penn doesn't convince me he's ready for Frankie. But you never know. Yair might be the type who rises to a tougher challenge and Edgar's got a ton of miles on the clock. Should be a fantastic fight.
Maia vs Masvidal is ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH***. Could've gone with any of the main card fights but there's something about this one that has my nipples so hard you could grate cheese with them. Again, a complete clash of opposite styles. This card is full of that and it's pretty cool and refreshing. Here you've got Maia, probably the best pure grappler in the game vs Masvidal who's got nasty striking, good wrestling and a mean streak a mile long. And for me there's another layer because it's a real babyface vs heel fight IMO. Maia is the ultimate nice guy of MMA. There mightn't be a more classy or genuinely nice bloke in the sport than Demian Maia. And Masvidal has always seemed a complete helmet to me. I hope Maia throttles him. This is surely a number one contenders fight as well. I can't think of anyone at 170 who'd deserve a crack at Tyron Woodley more than the winner of this fight. So yeah, it's got a bit of everything this fight. An interesting styles clash, I'm invested in it from a face/heel POV, and it's got the title shot stakes. Incredible fight.
Alvarez vs Poirier is the PPV opener from what I can tell. And what a way to kick off the PPV! This might just steal the show. I really hope Alvarez wins this one. He needs to bounce back and look good here after the manner in which he lost the McGregor fight in November. Losing another fight here wouldn't be good at all. Poirier is going to give him hell, he's a handful for most lightweights. Really looking forward to this.
Cejudo vs Pettis could be fun. Cejudo recently saw his undefeated streak go tits up with back to back losses to Mighty Mouse and Benavidez. No shame on losing to those guys and the Benavidez decision was wafer thin but a loss is a loss and Cejudo can't afford a third one on the bounce. Who can? Pettis is coming off 3 wins in a row after a shaky start to his UFC career. Good fight. Flyweight could do with Sergio Pettis going on a run, the division badly needs fresh challengers so I'm hoping he busts out something special here. But I suspect Cejudo will win.
Looking forward to seeing what David Branch can do with his UFC return. He was 2-2 in his last stint and the only thing that was memorable about that run was him getting KO'd off a slam from Gerald Harris. Since leaving the UFC in 2011 though he's gone 12-1 and the only loss was to Rumble Johnson in 2012. So he hasn't lost in 5 years and he's had a good old run in WSOF beating the likes of Yushin Okami, Vinny Magalhaes and Paulo Filho.
And Chas Skelly vs Jason Knight is the highlight of the prelims for me. That could be a tremendous fight but it'll get overlooked for sure on this card. I like Skelly a lot. He's got that dopey likeability that reminds me of Matt Riddle. His quick submission choking out Maximo Blanco was probably the best submission of 2016 IMO. And Jason Knight looked great in his submission win over Bruce Leroy in January. He's got that nasty side to him like Masvidal too. Really like this fight. Two of those under the radar prelimers who usually bring the goods.
A gem of a card this is. We should probably be talking about it already.
Posted 20 March 2017 - 21:01
Awesome card, yeah. It's a weird one though, they're all great fights but I really feel like I know how each one is going to go. Feels like there's been a real run of very closely matched fights recently and that this breaks that.
All clear favourites for me.
Incidentally, apparently Joe Duffy / Reza Madadi on Saturday was the last Joe Silva booked fight. Obviously he left a while ago but he'd booked fights for after he'd left.
Posted 21 March 2017 - 18:28
I do fancy Yair over Edgar too.
Posted Yesterday, 19:52
This is purely irrational, and not based on anything other than the inconsistent nature of Heavyweight MMA, but I actually fancy JDS to beat Miocic. I think the Heavyweight title is going to be a hot potato for a good while longer.
Edited by jimufctna24, Yesterday, 19:53.