Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos went to war for 25 minutes in their first bout, but the latter says he won’t need the judges to end the reign of the heavyweight champ. In fact, JDS is predicting that he’ll take out Miocic pretty early in their upcoming fight.
The heavyweights will fight in the main event of UFC 211, which will take place in Dallas on May 13th. The two fought for the first time back in 2014, and dos Santos won the entertaining and competitive fight via unanimous decision.
Recently dos Santos spoke with FOX Sports about the upcoming scrap, and while doing so, the former champ said this:
“If I put in good work, it’s going to happen. It’s a matter of time. There’s nowhere you can hide yourself. I’m going to find you and I’m going to beat you.”
“My prediction is this time I’m going to finish Stipe Miocic before the end of the second round,” dos Santos said. “I have much respect for him, but I’m coming to win.”
That’s a bold prediction, considering Miocic has only been finished once, and that was back in 2012 against Stefan Struve. Further, dos Santos hasn’t taken out an opponent since 2013, when he bombed out Mark Hunt with a spinning hook kick.
But, dos Santos does have great hands, isn’t short on power, and is also very athletic for the weight class. So, if he catches Miocic in an exchange, this prediction could come true. It’s also possible, of course, that the champ could score an early stoppage as well. After all, none of Miocic’s last three opponents have made it out of the first round.