UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 takes place this Saturday, May 13 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
UFC 211 main event, Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos 2
In the main event of the evening, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will be making his second title defense against the last man to defeat, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. The two first met back in 2014 at UFC on Fox 14, with Dos Santos taking a closely contested unanimous decision.
The loss proved to Miocic that he belongs amongst the best heavyweights in the world. Picking up two impressive TKO victories over Mark Hunt and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski to earn a title shot. Miocic shocked the Brazilian fans with a quick first round knockout over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 to become the New UFC heavyweight champion. The Cleveland, Ohio native made his first title defense in front of his hometown at UFC 203, knocking out Alistair Overeem in an action-packed first round.
Dos Santos has only fought twice, since their first meeting. Following his victory over Miocic, Dos Santos suffered a second-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC on Fox 17. Most recently dominating the versatile and dangerous Ben Rothwell over a course of five rounds en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC Fight Night 86.
Their first fight was a back and forth war. Many fans were split on who they thought won. This time around both fighters have improved, but Miocic has looked more impressive as of late. With that being said, I expect both fighters to come out swinging for the knockout early and often.
UFC 211 Co-Main Event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
The undefeated and reigning UFC strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be making her fifth title defense against Brazilian Jessica Andrade in the co-main event. Jedrzejczyk has made successful title defenses over Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, Claudia Gadelha and most recently a hard-fought unanimous decision win over fellow Poland star, Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205.
Since dropping from bantamweight down to strawweight, Andrade has looked impressive. Picking up a bloody and brutal TKO win over former title challenger Jessica Penne at UFC 199. Followed by a first round submission victory over Joanne Calderwood at UFC 203. This past February, Andrade took a unanimous decision victory over the very game former Invicta FC strawweight champion, Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 104.
Jedrzejczyk and Andrade have trained together before when they both had the same manager. Will that play a factor in the fight? Maybe. Andrade has said when they shared a training session, Jedrzejcyk admitted she was stronger than she looked. That will no doubt make the champion very cautious to engaged in the clinch, with a fear of being taken down.
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal & Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
Also, there are two intriguing bouts on the main card. One with title implication and one pitting a former champion against a rising star.
Former middleweight title challenger and current welterweight number 1 contender, Demian Maia will battle dangerous striker Jorge Masvidal. Maia has been on an impressive six-fight run, with finishes over Neil Magny, Matt Brown and former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit. Masvidal has rattled off three consecutive wins, recently dispatching (TKO) fan favorite Donald Cerrone within two rounds at UFC on Fox 23.
If the fight hits the floor Masvidal is going to be in a world of trouble, with Maia having 12 overall submissions inside the Octagon. Might be the best pure grappler in the UFC today. Masvidal has an advantaged on the feet, with his striking technique and accuracy he could cause the Brazilian fits.
Meanwhile, in the featherweight division, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will face rising star, Yair Rodriguez. Edgar bounced back from his loss to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, with a unanimous decision over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205. Rodriguez is a perfect 6-0 inside the Octagon, with notable wins over Andre Fili, Alex Caceres, and recently a second round TKO over former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC Fight Night 103.
Edgar is one of the most well-rounded mixed martial artists today. Using his speed, boxing, and wrestling to overwhelm opponents. Having not lost a non-title bout since 2008. Could the dangerous and unpredictable striking offense of Rodriguez be a difference maker? Absolutely, while Edgar has never been knocked out he has been knocked down on multiple occasions.
Full UFC 211 Fight Card
Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Junior dos Santos [a]
Women’s Strawweight: Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) vs. Jéssica Andrade [b]
Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodríguez
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Dave Branch
Preliminary Card (FX)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight
Featherweight: Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones
Lightweight: Marco Polo Reyes vs. James Vick
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Aguilar vs. Cortney Casey
Heavyweight: Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter
Featherweight: Gabriel Benítez vs. Enrique Barzola
Light Heavyweight: Joachim Christensen vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov