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Miocic beats Dos Santos to retain UFC heavyweight title

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Stipe Miocic speaks during a post fight press conference after his knockout win over Alistair Overeem from the Netherlands in a heavyweight title bout at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Miocic finally gets his chance

Miocic makes the second defense of his UFC heavyweight title in a rematch against the last man to defeat him, dos Santos, a former heavyweight champion. The pair met previously at UFC on Fox 13, with the former champion dos Santos winning via unanimous decision.

Miocic and dos Santos are seeking to join exclusive heavyweight company.

Judging by how his performances are going, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him make it three title defences with no stand-out heavyweight candidate to challenge him next.

A ferocious right hand did the damage against the cage, dropping JDS to mat, and a series of left hands to the downed warrior earned him the victory just 22 minutes into the fight. Respect for your art. Respect for hard work, always conducting yourself like the professional, positive, role model you are both inside and outside of the octagon. Dos Santos circles away and lands a low kick.

"He's a real deal in our division", Dos Santos said.

As for who's next, Miocic said, "Right now, it's my kitchen".

"This has been a very unusual fight for Joanna", Andrade said through a translator Thursday at UFC 211 open workouts, "the way that she [handled] media day and everything regarding the opponent". "I learned a lot from that fight, not just about him but about me, too". That's the arena where they are set to fight, but even in that setting the champ and his challenger couldn't muster any of the Conor McGregor-style nuggets that have paved the Irishman's path with gold. "I couldn't manage to keep her down".

Miocic (17-2) avenged his loss to Dos Santos in December 2014 in Phoenix, which was a five-round match that left both fighters bloodied.

In her five UFC title fights, she has outlanded opponents 746-245 in significant strikes according to FightMetric. I expect her to put on another show against Andrade and I expect her to remain champion and do so in a dominant fashion.

Third-ranked Andrade (16-6) snapped a scoring combination on Jedrzejczyk's face in the first round, and took her to the canvas before Jedrzejczyk rose and landed jabs and a kick to the head. Andrade brings a three-bout winning streak into Saturday. After the beatings that dos Santos took against Cain Velasquez, I don't know how his durability would hold up. This weekend's event, which profiles as the best of the year thus far by a wide margin, is so deep and rich with talent that losing the main-card opener Wednesday afternoon felt like no big deal.

Rounding out the pay-per-view portion, welterweights Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal meet in an intriguing contest that could determine the next challenger for Tyron Woodley at 170lbs.

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