Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos full fight video

Watch Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos full fight video to see the first encounter between the two heavyweights. At UFC on FOX 13, on Dec. 13, 2014, heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic battled in the main event of the card. That night the veteran dos Santos outpointed Miocic in an unanimous decision.

Now, over two years later, Miocic is now champion and is scheduled to battle the man who last defeated him – dos Santos. These two heavyweights will headline UFC 211, which is set to take place on May 13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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Dana White found scuffle between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa amusing

Dana White weighs in on the altercation between Lee and Chiesa at the UFC ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference. There was something in the air at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Friday.
The UFC hosted its ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference, a preview of things to come for the UFC in the coming months, and things got heated between some of the fighters on the main stage.
Arch rivals Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into it before the press conference and had to be separated by security, but the highlight of the show was, without a doubt, the wild altercation between top lightweight contenders Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa.
After Lee had made a comment about Chiesa’s ‘momma’ buying tickets for their showdown at UFC Fight Night 112, Chiesa exploded and charged straight at his opponent. Security quickly restrained ‘Maverick’ but Lee managed to land a crisp overhand right.
UFC president Dana White couldn’t help but laugh at the scuffle in the post-conference media scrum and told reporters that he isn’t sure what course of action to take.
“I heard that Chiesa said, ‘If that’s as hard as he hits, he’s in big trouble when we meet,’” White said jokingly, per Dan Strupp and Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie. “The worst one was Lee hitting Chiesa. “That was a big one, when you actually land a solid punch.
” … I don’t know. I’ll go back and look at everything and talk to my team. We’ll figure it out.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for their water bottle throwing fiasco at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, but it remains to be seen whether the Texas Athletic Commission will take any action against Lee or Chiesa.
UFC Fight Night 112, which features Chiesa vs. Lee as the headlining bout, takes place on June 25 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

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UFC 211 final betting odds: Champions Miocic, Jedrzejczyk closing as favorites

The final betting odds are in for UFC 211, as heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic holds as the favorite over Junior dos Santos, and UFC strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk is favored over Jessica Andrade. The final betting odds are in for UFC 211, and the defending heavyweight king Stipe Miocic (-125) has been able to retain his status as betting favorite over the former champion and title challenger, Junior dos Santos (+115). The co-main event odds have the UFC strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-175), holding strong as the betting favorite over the #3 ranked underdog Jessica Andrade (+165).
There are only 2 of the 12 scheduled matchups at UFC 211 that contain a sizable favorite/underdog; James Vick (-330) vs. Marco Polo Reyes (+300) and Gadzhimurad Antigulov (-385) vs. Joachim Christensen (+345). The rest of the 10 scheduled bouts involve a betting favorite with a line at -175 or less.
Saturday’s UFC 211 main card will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00 P.M. ET with the prelims starting at 8:00 P.M. ET on FX. The Exclusive Fight Pass prelims will begin at 6:30 P.M. ET.
Check out the UFC 211 betting odds, courtesy of OddsShark.com:

Movement courtesy of BestFightOdds.com:

Rashad Coulter vs. Chase Sherman: Heavyweight

Rashad Coulter (-101) opened up for his UFC 211 debut at underdog odds around +150, but following yesterday’s weigh-ins, the UFC new comer has moved to a slight favorite betting line. Chase Sherman (-107) started his UFC 211 betting life at around -190, but the gambling public haven’t been showing him much love.

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James Vick vs. Marco Polo Reyes: Lightweight

Both James Vick (-330) and Marco Polo Reyes (+300) have only lost in the 1st round. Half of Vick’s victories happened inside of 1 round, and for Polo Reyes, 8 out of his 12 matches ended inside of 1.5 rounds (Including TUF). Both fighter’s are tough, but Under 1.5 rounds @+122 is tempting.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Joachim Christensen: Light Heavyweight

Not only does Gadzhimurad Antigulov (-385) have 14 submission wins to his credit, but those wins have also come in a wide variety of ways. From Anacondas to Kneebars, and everything in between, Antigulov is known to finish fools with the quickness. Joachim Christensen (+345) is tougher than a $2 dollar steak, but getting submitted by Frankenstein (Luis Henrique da Silva), from the guard no less, is really hard to ignore. Antigulov wins inside distance @ -140 is a strong look.
For an in-depth breakdown of each UFC 211 bout, check out The MMA Vivisection with Bloody Elbow’s own Zane Simon and Connor Ruebusch. Stay glued to Bloody Elbow for all of your event coverage including play-by-play, results, highlights, and more! Happy hunting!
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk out to become two-division champ, defend both 115 and 125 belts

DALLAS — Joanna Jedrzejczyk is already chasing history in one way, with the reigning UFC strawweight champion hunting down the record for consecutive title defenses for a woman in the UFC. That record currently stands at six, held by Ronda Rousey, and Jedrzejczyk will hit five if she bests Jessica Andrade at UFC 211.

But with a women’s flyweight division now officially coming to the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter 26, Jedrzejczyk has a new goal in mind too. Starting next year, she wants to replicate a feat only accomplished by Conor McGregor and become the first woman to ever hold two division’s belts simultaneously.

“I remember when I was talking about this division a year ago, people were like, ‘hey, be focused on your belt.’ I’m going for my fifth title defense, and that’s the thing. Why not?” Jedrzejczyk said ahead of UFC 211. “I have bigger and bigger goals and dreams. If I will not win the second belt, nothing is going to happen because like I said, I already reached my goals and dreams, but there is something better coming.

“And the other thing is like, people were saying the same to Conor when he said that he wants to be a king in two different divisions. Same with me. I just want to challenge myself, and this is what I’m doing in my life.”

Jedrzejczyk has spoken openly about the need for a 125-pound women’s division for some time now, but the conversation always appeared to be a pipe dream until this week, when the UFC officially announced the new weight class just months after UFC president Dana White said the promotion would not be introducing a fourth women’s division in 2017.

For Jedrzejczyk, a bigger strawweight who struggled with cutting weight in the early days of her Octagon career, the news was a welcome announcement.

“I didn’t know when it was going to happen, but finally (it did), and I’m very happy for me and for other female fighters,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Because I work with Perfecting Athletes, I have very good doctors, good nutritionists, and I still stay healthy even though I must cut so many pounds during the weight cut. But the thing is, the other girls are not so lucky. The other fighters, they have to do this themselves, but we must be careful with this.

“So I think we needed this division. So many fighters from 135 will go down, so many fighters from 115 will go up. Stay healthy, guys. Don’t take the risk, because fighting, being an athlete or being a businesswoman or doing something, it’s just part of our lives. It’s just part of our stories. But the thing is, other than that, we are going to be normal people, and we must stay healthy for our families, for our future kids. I want to have my own kids, I want to raise them and just be a happy grandma.”

Jedrzejczyk acknowledged that the idea of fighting for a second title at 125 pounds would likely have to wait until next year.

Filming for TUF 26 starts in the summer, meaning an inaugural women’s flyweight champion likely won’t be crowned until late 2017. But Jedrzejczyk is confident her 115-pound reign will last long enough to make her goal of becoming a two-division champion a real possibility, and if that happens, she hopes to do something even McGregor wasn’t able to do by rotating between weight classes and establishing a lengthy reign as the undisputed queen of two divisions.

And in that case, she’s more than willing to stay active enough to support both belts.

“If I would become a champion at 125, I will jump between 115 and 125,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I want to be the real champion of two different divisions.

“I like to break the records, break the limits. I like to make history. I’ll build my legacy. That’s why I moved to the United States, because I want to fight here more often. I want to talk to media more often. So I’m working on a few things, but we will see.”

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Tommy Toehold’s UFC 211 main and co-main event predictions

Bloody Elbow content partner Tommy Toehold is breaking down the main and co-main events of UFC 211. UFC 211 kicks off later today and is, hands down, one of the best cards, if not the best card, we’ve seen in 2017—at least on paper. It’s no UFC Summer Kickoff press conference, but it’ll do in a pinch.
With two titles on the line and a stacked bout sheet from top to bottom, there’s absolutely no way we don’t get at least a few great fights out of this event. Let’s not forget the title-eliminator match-up between Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia that will surely mean the winner of the fight has to fight four more times before actually getting to compete for the strap. There is literally (and I see that word with all the force of a Michael Johnson threat of death) something for everyone.
In celebration of today’s event, Bloody Elbow content partner Thomas J. Toehold, Esquire has a couple great breakdown/prediction videos, and one focuses solely on the main and co-main events. That’s the one I’ve chosen for you guys and gals. I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing a small portion of the Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade prediction for you:
“The big stats here are in defense. With a 69.4% strike defense rate, Joanna simply gets hit less than Andrade does. Factor in the 47.9% takedown defense rate, and you’ve got a problem for the challenger. I think the champion keeps this fight on the feet. This fight is definitely going all five rounds.”
You can check out who Mr. Toehold is picking to win this fight, as well as who he’s chosen to be victorious in the main event by checking out this short (just 3-and-a-half minutes long) video.

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Jorge Masvidal: Demian Maia’s streak made up of guys who ‘can’t wrestle to save their lives’

DALLAS — Much has been made of Demian Maia’s brilliant six-fight win streak, and for good reason. Over the past two years alone, Maia has toppled a quartet of ranked opponents with ease — Neil Magny, Gunnar Nelson, Matt Brown, and Carlos Condit — all while sustaining a stunning total of just 13 significant strikes during that run. It’s a ridiculous statistic that defies logic, especially considering Maia is a few months shy of turning 40 years old.

So how is this happening? How is this even possible? And how can Maia’s opponent at UFC 211, Jorge Masvidal, avoid befalling the same fate?

Well, for Masvidal, the answer is simple.

“Those guys can’t wrestle to save their lives,” Masvidal told MMA Fighting ahead of UFC 211. “Every one of them that you mentioned.”

Looking back, all four of the fights followed the same script for Maia: takedown, back-take, then domination. And in Masvidal’s eyes, there’s a good reason for that.

“They can’t wrestle, they can’t handle the pressure,” Masvidal said. “Their mind isn’t right, you know? I’m a guy who’s in there everyday with world-class grapplers feeling that pressure. And you ask those world-class grapplers about me and they’ll tell you, ‘Gamebred’s not a striker, he’s a f*cking grappler. He’s one of us,’ because I enjoy doing it. So half the time I’m striking, half the time I’m grappling, and I’m not a bad athlete and more than anything I’m competitive.

“So I’ve gotten good not because I was born good, but because I get after it. I’ve got more mat hours than most of the guys who are grapplers got on the mat.”

For Masvidal, those hours mean something, and it’s the reason his fight against Maia at UFC 211 represents something more than your average contenders fight.

Though he’s only 32 years old, “Gamebred” has been grinding away in the fight game for close to 15 years. His road has taken him across the world, through nearly every major organization of the past decade, pitting him against a slew of respected names. But for what seemed like forever, a true push from a promotion eluded Masvidal. Even when he finally joined the UFC in 2013, Masvidal was one controversial split decision away from racking up a 7-1 Octagon record before he the UFC finally threw him a ranked opponent.

But Masvidal has been making up for lost time ever since his move up from lightweight to welterweight, and never was that made clearer than this past winter, when over the course of two months, he scored massive knockouts over Jake Ellenberger and Donald Cerrone to irrevocably force his way into title contention.

To the veteran, it’s a moment long overdue.

“Man, I never got to fight a ranked opponent at 155, and that wasn’t because I wasn’t winning. It’s because they didn’t give a f*ck to promote me,” Masvidal said. “I came to 170 and I got motivated and finally they started giving me ranked opponents. For a lot of these guys — and you could tell — I was in there not in-shape. I had love handles, I was fat, because I was training three or four weeks. Once I get these ranked opponents, all of a sudden the fire sparks back in you and you’re like, ‘man, finally.’

“I’ve been doing this so long. Forget about my UFC career and whatever I did in the UFC. What I did in Japan, what I did in Strikeforce, what I did in other shows, the guys who I beat, UFC veterans, world champions, guys who are now currently ranked at the top of their weight classes who I beat back then, who are ranked now in the UFC, when I beat them way back then. Plenty of guys. The list goes on and on of the guys that I murdered. I got a cemetery full of greats, you know?

“And it’s not to take nothing from ‘em. It’s that, I’ve murdered a lot of people, and when I came to the UFC, it was all lost and forgotten and they had me start from the very bottom, and that still to this day pisses me off, because I should’ve been here three or four years ago. I should’ve been fighting the world’s best since I entered the UFC. So it pisses me off to this very day.”

That frustration looms large over UFC 211 now that the opportunity Masvidal wanted has finally arrived. In Maia, “Gamebred” faces an opponent who many people already believe to be the rightful heir to the welterweight throne. Maia’s streak is easily the most impressive in the division, and even Masvidal concedes the jiu-jitsu savant is the unquestioned No. 1 welterweight contender.

So considering that, Masvidal only sees one acceptable outcome once Saturday night plays out like he promises.

“I mean, if I’m not fighting for the title (next), the sport took a drastic turn for the worse,” Masvidal said. “If the winner of this is not fighting for the title, I don’t know what to say, man. It’s a circus show then at that point.”

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After intense press conference, Jones and Cormier continue war of words on Twitter

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier continue to trade verbal barbs on social media. Things got heated between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at the UFC’s ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference in Dallas, Texas on Friday.
‘Bones’ and ‘DC’ were at each other’s throats before the conference had even started, with Cormier threatening to attack Jones for mentioning his children. Cormier ended up being restrained by security while Jones told him to ‘shut up’.

Michael Cheisa filmed the pre-presser bust up between Jones and DC pic.twitter.com/VgIcQ5ye92— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) May 12, 2017

That intensity continued into the conference, with both men lobbing insults back-and-forth about cocaine, prostitutes and crashed cars. At one point, Cormier even dropped the N-bomb. The two light heavyweights were separated by security during their face-off.
Things didn’t stop after the conference, either. Jones and Cormier continued to go back-and-forth on social media, and Jones provided some clarification on their backstage altercation.

Wow, don’t worry people, he’ll be crying soon— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

You won’t do shit. Are you trying to pretend you are someone’s savior? I sure as shit would be scared if u had to save me. https://t.co/y9NCEIivIJ— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 13, 2017

Lol apparently. Daniel has mentioned my family many times. And it wasn’t like I was insulting his children. https://t.co/Kxl011KUiC— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

Not true in regards to ur family I have been respectful. https://t.co/UbFKb8trqv— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 13, 2017

Yea lol I don’t really care, you’re my bitch https://t.co/CRZCmYH5Zx— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️July 29th https://t.co/8XsXKYG6it— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 13, 2017

Daniel went out of his way to say I had an embarrassing haircut backstage. I said speaking of embarrassing— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

What will your answer be when your kids ask how were you the toughest man in the world without beating Jon Jones?— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

Dude freaked out and said don’t ever mention my kids and threw a water bottle at me like a bitch. Was held back by one 60 year old man— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

Would you really consider this back-and-forth? This is like picking on a child https://t.co/ZFsRXhRZHi— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 13, 2017

Jones and Cormier will look to squash their beef in a championship rematch at UFC 214, where both men will meet in the main event. Cormier, 38, is the current champion but Jones holds a win over him from 2015. The pay-per-view is scheduled to take place on July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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Dustin Poirier starting a charitable new post-fight tradition after UFC 211

DALLAS — Dustin Poirier has a new post-fight tradition he intends to start after his UFC 211 showdown against former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

“My full (UFC) fight kit — hat, shirt, gloves, shorts — I’m going to auction on eBay and donate the money to Second Harvest Food Bank of Lafayette, Louisiana,” Poirier told MMA Fighting ahead of Saturday night. “So, the highest bidder is going to win all the stuff, and I’m going to donate all the money to Second Harvest.”

Second Harvest Food Bank provides food “to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes,” making up “the largest anti-hunger network” in the state of Louisiana, according to the foundation’s official website. And for Poirier, a native of Lafayette, the decision to give back to his hometown felt like a no brainer once he realized the many fight kits handed out by Reebok for his every UFC bout were going to waste tucked away in some dresser drawer.

“There has recently been more flooding in Louisiana,” Poirier said. “We had a bad flood last year, and recently have had more flooding. Everything’s fine, but I was just looking for a way to help out. I wanted to do something, and I have these fight kits laying around from fights that I’m never going to do anything with but train in the shirts.

“So if I can benefit somebody else’s life from letting go of something I wore for a fight, I’ll do that. So, why not? I’m going to do that for every fight, probably, from here on out. I might pick different charities, but this is a local charity in the heart of the city where I’m from, and it’s something I was passionate about doing.”

The issue hits close to the heart for Poirier, who recently moved back to his native Louisiana to help his young daughter be closer to family as she approaches her first birthday. Poirier did so even while remaining a regular at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida, and he hopes that by giving back to Second Harvest, he can help make an difference in the community he once again calls home, even if it only ends up making a small headway into a much larger problem.

“The side of town, the side of Louisiana that I grew up on, there’s a lot of poverty,” Poirier said. “One in five homes need help, and a lot of children are wondering where their next meal is coming from.

“It’s just something that, man, for me as a fighter, I cut weight, I diet eight weeks out of a fight camp, I come here to fight week and I cut weight, I have to stop eating and start really working hard. And I know my meal is coming. I’m about to eat like a king on Saturday night. I know my meal is coming, and just the thought of hunger and all of that, it’s just, it’s a horrible thing. And for kids to have to wonder where their food’s coming from? Anything I can do to help is worth it.”

While Poirier won’t place any undue expectations on the auction, there’s no doubt that the opportunity he faces at UFC 211 could lead to bigger and better things. A win over a former champion like Alvarez would stand as the biggest of Poirier’s UFC career and instantly vault him into the upper-tier of the lightweight division, pushing his Octagon record to 6-1 since moving back up to 155 pounds.

At that point, a title run could be next. And Poirier intends to continue his new post-fight ritual every step along the way.

“One-hundred percent,” Poirier said. “This is something I’m going to do every fight from here on out.”

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White: Silva urging fans to refund UFC 212 tickets is ‘dirty’ and a ‘horrible thing to do’

Anderson Silva thinks his fans should refund their UFC 212 tickets, and Dana White isn’t too happy about that. Anderson Silva was recently officially pulled from next month’s UFC 212 after a search for a short-notice replacement was unsuccessful. The UFC is offering refunds for the event for the next week, and the former UFC middleweight champion has suggested that all of his fans capitalize on that.
“The Spider” was scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event, but Gastelum was removed from the card after failing a drug test for marijuana. Earlier this week, USADA suspended him for six months.
A number of options were discussed, from Luke Rockhold to Ovince Saint Preux, but the perfect matchup wasn’t found.
“You have every right to get your ticket money back. In fact, everyone who’s a fan of mine should do the same,” Silva wrote in an Instagram comment (translation via BloodyElbow.com’s Lucas Rezende; H/T MMAjunkie.com’s Fernanda Prates).
UFC president Dana White isn’t pleased with Silva’s recent comments.
“That’s crazy talk. That’s a pretty horrible thing to do to the rest of the fighters that are on the card in Brazil,” he told reporters ahead of UFC 211 (via Aaron Bronsteter). “Did I pull the Kelvin Gastelum fight? Did I make this fight not happen? It had nothing to do with us. He’s acting like a maniac.
“Holloway is on a 10-fight win streak; he’s finally getting the opportunity at the title. Jose Aldo’s gonna get the chance to fight and beat Holloway. And they’re all gonna get paid. Who is Anderson Silva to say, ‘Bring your tickets back and don’t watch the rest of the fighters on the card.’ That’s dirty.”
UFC 212 takes place live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 3. In the main event, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway unify the featherweight and interim featherweight championships.
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