UFC 211: Pros predict Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2

DALLAS — It may be a cliche to say everything is always bigger in Texas, but it certainly feels like it this week.

The biggest MMA card of the year hits the Lone Star State on Saturday with a stacked show headlined by the big boys, Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos, two current and former UFC heavyweight champions running back a rematch of one of the division’s most thrilling five-round fights. There’s a little slice of history on the line, too, as a win will tie Miocic with a handful of other bigmen for the most title defenses (two) in UFC heavyweight history.

So to help bide the time until the baddest men on the planet take center stage, we enlisted the help of some of the fighters in town for UFC 211. Will the fighting pride of Cleveland make history and exact vengeance for his 2014 loss? Or will the former heavyweight king defy the odds and add a second title to his reign? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Jessica Aguilar: “I think it’s going to be Junior. Junior is going to take this home again. It’ll probably (look like the first fight), but Miocic, he’s getting better in every fight. But in their division it’s one freakin’ hit away from getting knocked out, so it’s going to be interesting. Junior has been training his tail off and he’s learning new things too. He’s getting better as a fighter, and I expect him to get that knockout.”

Sergio Pettis: “Man, I’m a big fan of both of them, so this is hard. I think Stipe has made a lot of improvements, made a lot of changes, and I think I’m going to have to go with Stipe.”

Cortney Casey: “I hope it’s as good as the first one. I really do. I think both of those guys have grown a lot since then, and obviously, fighting someone you’ve already fought before, you have a little bit of an insight on what they’re going to do. But I still think Miocic might pull it off, although dos Santos always has a puncher’s chance. But I think Miocic takes it.”

Rose Namajunas: “I’d say Stipe. I think he’s super technical for a heavyweight fighter. He’s really smart when he’s in a cage or Octagon. I think Stipe might win.”

Frankie Edgar: Heavyweight’s so hard to pick, but I think Stipe has been on a tear. It seems like he’s improved since the time they fought, and the last fight was razor close. I’ll go with Stipe.”

Demian Maia: “It’s hard to pick because JDS, he won the first one, but it was very close and Stipe has developed a lot and increased his technique and power so much the last few years. I personally like ‘Cigano,’ because he’s a big fan of mine. We used to train together in Brazil for a couple years and I hope he gets the title, but it’s very even. It’s really hard to tell, but ‘Cigano.’”

Jorge Masvidal: “JDS, all day.”

Henry Cejudo: “I think Stipe has proven he’s gotten a lot better. He’s got a good wrestling base. I’ve got to go with him.”

Dustin Poirier: “I think it’s going to be whoever lands the first big shot. I think both guys are great fighters. I actually personally like both guys, they both have great personalities, they’re fun to be around. But I’m going to go with Junior on that.”

Derrick Lewis: “I believe it’s going to go to decision. I’ve got a reason why it’s going to go to decision, but I just don’t want to give it out there because I want to fight one of those guys next. I’m going to pick Stipe, even though I don’t know who’s going to win. The only reason why I’m picking Stipe is because JDS, he picked Mark Hunt to win over me, so that’s the only reason why. I want to fight JDS next.”

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BE’s Baddest Greatest Lightweight: #1 Benson Henderson vs. #8 Yves Edwards

Vote now in the Bloody Elbow Baddest Tournament to determine the Greatest MMA Lightweight of All Time. Today’s match-up: #1 Ben Henderson vs. #8 Yves Edwards. Vote now! Surprised? Nate Diaz showed why he is a #3 seed and a dark horse in this tournament when he took out #6 seed, JMMA veteran Caol Uno with ease. Diaz took the win 44-12 in a dominant performance that very few were able to see for Uno. Diaz now moves on to the Sweet 16 and a clash with the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chandler.
Today, it’s a battle between one of our top seeds and one of the earliest marquee fighters of the division. #1 seed and former UFC champion Benson Henderson takes on the man long called the uncrowned UFC champ, #8 seed Yves Edwards. Is Thugjitsu enough to give Yves the big upset? Your votes decide.
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Submission Radio: UFC 211 preview show w/ Dave Meltzer, Sean Sheehan, Jeremy Botter

This week, Submission Radio chats with Dave Meltzer, Jeremy Botter, and previews UFC 211 with Sean Sheehan! Submission Radio returns for another week, featuring interviews with industry legends like Dave Meltzer (The Wrestling Observer) and Jeremy Botter (Whizzered). Also, Sean Sheehan (Severe MMA) gives technical analysis and helps preview UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2. Discussion, previews, predictions – it’s all here!
As always, the video above features clickable annotations and timestamps, and below is a rundown of what to expect on the episode. We hope you enjoy the show!
MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer returns (at the 2:23 mark) to discuss:

The visible changes in the UFC since WME-IMG have taken over
The low PPV buys and TV ratings at the start of 2017
How ESPN layoffs could affect the UFC’s television rights worth and financial future
How the UFC will try to combat the recent low ratings and how they’ll shape cards and future stars
The possibility of having fewer PPV’s in the future in favor of bigger TV cards
GSP vs. Bisping’s November delay and how it was handled
The speculation of Chuck Liddell potentially returning to fighting

Nate Diaz’s recent interview on The MMA Hour
Just how much of a draw Nate is
Fighter pay and the trouble with millionaires not wanting to fight
What a loss to Mayweather would do for the UFC and Conor McGregor

What UFC 211 could potentially draw, and more!

Sean Sheehan of Severe MMA returns to Submission Radio (at the 59:16 mark) to preview UFC 211 and break down fights such as:

Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
as well as give his predictions!

Jeremy Botter (Whizzered) stops by (at the 30:07 mark) to discuss a wide range of topics, including:

The date for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather supposedly being lost to GGG vs. Canelo
What the current hold up is in the negotiations
The current mess in the middleweight division
If Anderson Silva is really off UFC 212 and if he’ll really retire
Why the UFC announced GSP/Bisping so early if it didn’t have a date
Why fighters preferred negotiating with Lorenzo Fertitta instead of Dana White

Who Tyron Woodley is likely to fight next and where Nick Diaz fits into the equation
The UFC paying alternate fighters to prepare for big fights, and more!

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio to headline UFC Fight Night 113

It might not have been the high-profile matchup many thought Gunnar Nelson would get, but it is a headlining spot.

Nelson will take on Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event of UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland, the UFC announced Friday morning on its UFC Europe Twitter account. The bout was first reported by Pétur Marinó Jónsson of Iceland’s MMA Fréttir.

Nelson (16-2-1) has won two straight, most recently a second-round submission victory over Alan Jouban in March. The Icelandic star and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has only lost to Demian Maia since 2014. Nelson, 28, boasts a 7-2 record in the UFC and has etched his name among the top welterweights in the world.

Ponzinibbio (24-3) has quietly put together one heck of a run, winning four straight, including two by TKO. The Argentinian striker has only lost to Lorenz Larkin since 2013, emerging victorious six of his last seven fights. Ponzinibbio, 30, trains out of Rio de Janeiro and is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 113 also added a women’s strawweight bout between Scotland native Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo on Friday morning. No co-main event has been made official.

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo announced for UFC Glasgow

Joanne Calderwood is getting a big fight in front of her hometown fans.

“Dr. Kneevil” will meet Cynthia Calvillo in a battle of strawweight standouts at UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland, the UFC announced early Friday morning on its Europe Twitter account.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani alluded to the bout Friday night on Twitter.

Calderwood (11-2) is coming off a first-round submission loss to No. 1 strawweight contender Jessica Andrade at UFC 203 last September. That loss snapped a two-fight winning streak for the Scottish fighter. Calderwood, 30, is one of the most dangerous strikers in the division.

Calvillo (5-0) has been busy early in her UFC career. The Team Alpha Male product won two fights in a span of five weeks in March and April to kick off her run in the big leagues, both by rear-naked choke. Calvillo, 29, is regarded as a top prospect at 115 pounds.

No headliner has been announced yet for UFC Fight Night 113. Paul Felder will take on Scotland’s Stevie Ray on the card in a matchup of exciting lightweights.

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Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series launches on UFC FIGHT PASS

UFC® today announced a new, live, and exclusive UFC FIGHT PASS® show titled: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, set to launch Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The new weekly series will feature five live fights in each episode, showcasing up-and-coming talent, as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers. “This sport continues to get bigger all over the world, and the more fights we can put on, the more talent we can find, the better the events will be for the fans,” UFC President Dana White said. “I love looking for up-a … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC 211 official weigh-in results

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UFC 211, which is headlined by the five-round heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos, and the strawweight title bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade, airs live on Pay-Per-View from American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, on Saturday, May 13 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.Four prelim bouts will air live on FX starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Three fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PTMain Event – Five round title boutStipe Miocic (246) vs Junio … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC 211 – Fight by Fight

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STIPE MIOCIC VS JUNIOR DOS SANTOSThe first meeting between UFC 211 headliners Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos in 2014 was an epic one. Will the rematch follow suit? Stylistically, the odds are in our favor, especially with Dos Santos going all-in again with his striking game. But will he be looking for a knockout from the start, or will this be the disciplined JDS that scored an impressive five-round win over Ben Rothwell in his most recent bout? Either way, “Cigano” will be in tough with a fighter who is confident … Read the Full Article Here
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