The initially meeting between Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos went the full 25 minutes. The second time around was an extensively shorter issue.
Miocic, who was left limping by a ruthless early kick to the shin, handled an enormous right submit the opening round of their UFC heavyweight title main event on Saturday night at UFC 211.
A series of left hands to the ground dos Santos finished things using KO at the 2:22 characteristic of the opening round at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
With the triumph, Miocic held his title, as well as retaliated for a consistent choice misfortune in Dec. 2014. The Cleveland local turned out to be quite recently the fourth contender to effectively safeguard the 265-belt twice in the belt’s two-decade history, joining Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, and Cain Velasquez.
A limping Miocic, who has won five straight battles, all using KO, since the misfortune to dos Santos, conceded the kicks stung. “It was terrible,” he said. “It hurt.”
By avenging one of his two career losses, Miocic feels he’s hushed any remaining doubters.
“I’m the best,” he said. “I’m the best in the world.”
Dos Santos (18-5) has now dropped two out of his previous three battles and is 4-4 in his past eight.