This will be the second time these two will battle it out in a title fight as the first meeting back in December 2014. That fight ended with Dos Santos winning by a close unanimous decision and by all indications, this Saturday’s fight should be equally as exciting.
Miocic is a rugged built 34-year old American with Croatian heritage and at 6’ 4” and nearly 250 lbs he is a load. He will most likely look to his extensive wrestling fighting style to attempt to take his opponent to the ground where he is lethal. Stipe has an impressive 16-2 MMA fighting record and will be poised to redeem his first ever loss as a professional nearly three years ago.
The Brazilian born Dos Santos would much rather take to the octagon vertically as the 33-year old is a boxer by trade with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in his repertoire. Junior has an impressive 18-4 record in his career but it’s worth noting that three of his four losses have come in the last six fights. He’s been trending in the wrong direction by most fighters’ standards with two losses coming at the hands of Cain Velasquez, and his most recent defeat was suffered at the hands of Alistair Overeem. Do Santos last fought back in April 2016 with a win over Ben Rothwell in Croatia. It will definitely be interesting to see how he responds after a more than 13 month hiatus from live combat.
Dos Santos may be the reigning champion but is actually a slight underdog according to the pre fight betting line at Bet365 Sportsbook. Junior is paying 2.10 to win outright while Miocic is slight favourite at 1.72 odds.
The second co-championship event will take place on the women’s circuit when Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her title belt on the line against a very hungry Brazilian in Jessica Andrade. Andrade comes into this fight with a 16-5 record overall and will certainly be in for an uphill fight with her kickboxing style is up against the very versatile Polish princess Jedrzejczyk who is undefeated at 13-0.
Jedrzejczyk is favoured to keep her unbeaten streak in tact as she is paying 1.61 on the moneyline compared to the contender’s juicy odds at 2.37.