Miocic beats Dos Santos to keep UFC heavyweight title

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Gregory Payan/ AP Stipe Miocic, lands a right versus Junior Dos Santos in a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 211 for the UFC heavyweight championship, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Dallas. Miocic retained his heavyweight title.

Sunday, May 14, 2017|6:08 a.m.

DALLAS– A piece of history and a step of vengeance both came swiftly for Stipe Miocic.

Miocic beat Junior Dos Santos with a technical knockout at 2:22 in the preliminary to defend his heavyweight title at UFC 211 on Saturday night.

In the co-main occasion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland scored a consentaneous, five-round decision over third-ranked Jessica Andrade to protect her females’s strawweight champion.

Considering that the heavyweight division was formed in 1997, only Miocic, Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar have actually won two title defenses. Miocic avenged a loss to Dos Santos in December 2014 in Phoenix, which was a five-round bout that left both fighters bloodied.

Miocic (17-2) stunned Dos Santos midway through the round with a series of punches ending with a hard right to Dos Santos’ left cheek as the challenger was backing away. That pressed him into the cage prior to he fell to the mat. Miocic then straddled Dos Santos and fired away with a series of lefts that ended the fight.

“We have actually been dealing with that for 10 weeks,” Miocic stated of the vital punch. “My coaches are the best in the world. If it wasn’t for my coaches, we would not be here today.”

The fourth-ranked Dos Santos (18-5), who had actually injured Miocic with several kicks, called the loss “terrible.”

“I understand he wants to walk forward, and I prefer to stroll backwards,” he said. “The last kick I threw, he felt a lot, and I felt I did well. ‘Now, I have to move.’ Then, I don’t remember anymore.”

Saturday’s triumph was Miocic’s 5th straight because the loss to Dos Santos. As for who’s next, the affable champ said, “Right now, it’s my cooking area. The cooking area when I get home. That’s all I’m concerned about.”

The 34-year-old claimed his crown with a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum in May 2016 in Brazil. He prevented Alistair Overeem last September “in your home” in Cleveland with a first-round knockout.

Will Miocic end up being the first UFC heavyweight to protect his title three times?

“He’s appearing like the guy,” UFC president Dana White said. “Cleveland’s eliminating it right now.”

Dos Santos is 3-4 since his championship loss in a rematch with Velasquez in December 2012. The Brazilian returned to the octagon on Saturday following a 13-month absence that began with surgery on his best shoulder.

Jedrzejczyk (14-0) has actually safeguarded her title five times since defeating Carla Esparza in March 2015 here at American Airlines Center. That ties Ronda Rousey for the most title triumphes among UFC ladies.

“I didn’t even understand,” Jedrzejczyk said. “This is fantastic. I respect Ronda so much as a fighter but more as a human. It’s a satisfaction for me to stand next to Ronda in this classification.”

The explosive Andrade (16-6) came out early and took down the champion in the very first 2 minutes after landing a left hook. She pushed throughout but didn’t come close to matching Jedrzejczyk’s contacts.

Andrade didn’t regret her strategy to attack.

“The method was to combat her and take her down at the end of the rounds,” she said through a translator. “However, as everyone saw, she’s great. I could not manage to keep her down.”

When Jedrzejczyk won the title in Dallas two years earlier, she referred to the champion belt as her “infant” and stated no one would get it.

“It was not a joke,” she said with a laugh. “I feel like I was born to be a champ.”

Demian Maia, the third-ranked welterweight, won a split decision over No. 5 Jorge Masvidal. Maia, 25-6 with seven straight wins, stated he was informed afterward by White that he had made a title fight with Tyron Woodley.

Frankie Edgar. The 35-year-old previous lightweight champion and second-ranked featherweight, beat seventh-ranked Yair Rodriguez, 24, in a second-round TKO.

The first bout for previous light-weight champion Eddie Alvarez because he lost the title to Conor McGregor last November was stopped as a no-contest late in the second of 3 rounds versus Dustin Poirier due to the fact that of an unintentional nasty.

The third-ranked Alvarez delivered a prohibited left knee to the left side of Poirier’s head while Poirier’s right hand was on the mat, and Poirier’s blurred vision was evaluated insufficient for the fight to continue.

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