Junior dos Santos handed Stipe Miocic a hard fought, and tightly contested decision loss in their first meeting, but the heavyweight champ says thing are going to be very, very, different second time around.
Miocic and dos Santos have been booked to fight in the headliner of UFC 211, which will go down on May 13th in Dallas, Texas. The heavyweights threw down back in December, 2014, and JDS won the fight via UD. But, there were certainly folks who had the bout scored for Miocic.
Recently Miocic spoke with the News-Herald, and while doing so, the Cleveland fighter admitted he wasn’t prepared for a 25 minute fight back then:
“I had never gone five rounds before,” said Miocic. “I wasn’t ready for that. Going five rounds with him — after that I was good. I knew I could hang with anyone after that.”
“I was used to going full-go, full-go,” added Miocic. “Now I can conserve my energy in useful ways. Not always going full-throttle, and tiring myself out.”
In addition, Miocic also delivered this warning for JDS, after noting that the former champ packs a mean punch:
“I hit way harder (than 2014),” said Miocic. “He’s going to be surprised — big time.”
Since his bout with JDS, Miocic has won four straight, and has stopped everyone he’s faced. So, one could certainly argue that backs up what he’s saying no?
Dos Santos, meanwhile, has been stopped by Alistair Overeem (who Miocic KO’d), before earning a UD win over Ben Rothwell more recently.