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One of my favorite fighters (Junior dos Santos) in the UFC is returning to the octagon tonight to face Stipe Miocic, his first fight since his title fight loss to Cain Velasquez in October 2013.

A lot of molecular structured dunces on MMA forums keep writing about how JdS is ‘done’ as an elite heavyweight after his two losses to Cain Velasquez, but that’s such an idiotic thing to say. JdS is, at this juncture, the second best heavyweight in the world. He’s still in the prime of his career and there is not a shred of evidence suggesting otherwise. His inability to defeat Cain is everyone’s inability to win that matchup. He’s slowly, as time has ensued, evolved a more complete, refined and technical kickboxing game to go along with his venomous power and is still practically impossible to take down while also having elite cardio. This is JdS’s fight to lose.

As we’ve all bore witness to, the way to defeat JdS is to wear him down and be the better striker and boxer which, in the heavyweight division, that would only leave Cain Velasquez standing as the man to do it (Cain is not a better boxer, but he learned how to wear JdS down in their last two fights against one another).

Stipe Miocic is a versatile fighter, but he’s not adept at takedowns nor does he have the pace of a Cain. He likes to set up strikes without much power and has never fought anybody with JdS’s boxing. I reckon JdS’s power will be too damn much for Miocic to withstand and we’ll see a happy JdS by round 2. Prediction: Junior dos Santos by round 2 knockout.

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