Junior dos Santos outslugged charging contender Stipe Miocic in the main event Of UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ian Entwistle, Matt Mitrione and Miocic earned performances-of-the-night, while Miocic and dos Santos bagged fight-of-the-night honours. All earned $50,000 USD each in bonuses.
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#12 GABRIEL”NAPAO” GONZAGA VS #14 MATT MITRIONE
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATT MITRIONE VIA TKO
WINNER: MATT MITRIONE VIA TKO
Andrews: Mitirione used his striking and made quick work of Gonzaga.
#11 ALISTAIR “THE REEM” OVEREEM VS STEFAN “SKYSCRAPER” STRUVE
ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEFAN STRUVE VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: ALEXANDER OVEREEM VIA TKO
Andrews: As expected, Overeem started off fast and to the surprise of many, he maintained it by pummelling the big guy on the ground. In many ways, Struve was the perfect opponent for Overeem to work out his problems.
#3 RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VS NATE DIAZ
ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Andrews: Everybody is piling on Diaz, and for good reason. He wasn’t just cut off at the right knee, he was mentally beaten. This is not normal, so everyone breathe and let the guy regain some bearings. It wasn’t his best week. That said, an excellent performance for dos Anjos, who simply took care of business. Well done.
#2 JUNIOR “CIGANO” DOS SANTOS VS #4 STIPE MIOCIC
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VIA TKO
WINNER: JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Andrews: We all know Junior is not a one-trick pony. But he needs to make his opponents respect that fact more. A few leg kicks in the first round, and now Miocic has something else to worry about for the rest of the fight. But he didn’t throw any. He did a good overall job of going to the body and landed a late takedown in the fourth, but didn’t do much with it. The division is not standing still, either. Miocic inflicted a lot of damage that could have been avoided. JDS and his camp need to figure it out.