Will History Repeat Itself at UFC 211

UFC 211 returns to the American Airlines Center on May 13.
UFC 211 returns to the American Airlines Center on May 13.

By Kyler Kuehler

Current Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and former Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos are scheduled to clash against one another for the second time as the headliner for UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas.

In their first bout they headlined the UFC on Fox 13 in Phoenix, Arizona back in 2014 and boy I will tell you it was an all out war that went on to be one of the greatest heavyweight bouts to ever take place inside the octagon. Dos Santos would go on to win the bout via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46), but that did not stop Miocic from moving forward to winning his next two bouts leading him to capture the heavyweight title at UFC 198 with a knockout victory over Fabricio Werdum and a successful title defense against Alistair Overeem at UFC 203.

With four major victories in a row Miocic is beginning to look unstoppable, but dos Santos has shown the world in his last fight against Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 86 where he would win in a slugfest battle via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) that he still has plenty of prime left in him after taking two bloody beatings from former champion Cain Velasquez and coming off of a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.

With all of this in mind, we must wonder if the history of their first encounter will repeat itself or if vengeance will be served giving president Dana White and the entire UFC board the chance to set up another intense trilogy fight.

Well, both of these amazing athletes are well equipped with boxing and grappling techniques so they are even on those two aspects of this fight, but since both are almost impossible to finish this fight looks to go the distance once again and will be all about who wants it more.

With the distance possibly in mind, Miocic looks to be at the advantage in this part as he has shown in many of his fights to pace himself smoothly to save his energy up throughout his fights while he wears his opponents down making him one of the greatest cardio athletes in the UFC next to Cain Velasquez.

However, at the same time dos Santos has improved his cardio as cardio as well that he showed in his fight against Ben Rothwell while revealing just how tough his chin still is, which could prove to be a difficult challenge for Miocic to break past as it was the first time around.

Now the fight is looking to fall in favor of dos Santos as he is out for blood to reclaim the heavyweight title and show why he is the “Baddest Man on the Planet,” but in order to do so he will have to remember just how dangerous of a fighter Miocic is as he is no person to joke around with and when given the opportunity will lay a beating upon you like none you have ever received before.

The more we study this fight the more difficult it is to choose a winner to the point that we will only know if history will repeat itself or show a different outcome when these two gladiators step into the octagon for the second time and begin to bring the war everyone is expecting to see.

All that is left to say is, “Let’s get this fight started!”