After The Crossfire – UFC on FOX 13: dos Santos vs Miocic

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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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman is away, so Kenai Andrews checks in:

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Opponents Junior Dos Santos of Brazil and Stipe Miocic face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in event at the Phoenix Convention Center on December 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

#12 GABRIEL”NAPAO” GONZAGA VS #14 MATT MITRIONE 

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Matt Mitrione punches Gabriel Gonzaga of Brazil in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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 

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Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands walks away from Stefan Struve of the Netherlands after defeating him in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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 

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Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil punches Nate Diaz in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

MAIN EVENT

#2 JUNIOR “CIGANO” DOS SANTOS VS #4 STIPE MIOCIC

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Junior Dos Santos of Brazil punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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