Champ secures win and retains status as best in the world with stunning first round right hand blow
STIPE MIOCIC cemented his place as the world’s best heavyweight as he defended his title with a ruthless first round knockout victory over Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 on Saturday.
The champ landed a right on JDS before finishing the fight in Dallas, which he later said he had been training specifically to do.
He revealed: “We were working on that for 10 weeks. We were working in that in the back room. My team, that’s why I’m the champion.
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“Dallas, you’re amazing. Thank you. I love this city.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk produced a masterclass against Jessica Andrade to retain her UFC strawweight title for the fifth successive time.
The challenger did manage to cause some significant damage during the first round.
However, after taking some heavy punishment to her forehead, Jedrzejczyk recovered to completely outclass the Brazilian opponent and forced her to chase the fight for the four rounds that followed.
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Dana White gave Demian Maia verbal confirmation that he will get the next crack at welterweight title holder Tyrone Woodley after his split decision triumph over Jorge Masvidal.
After dominating for most of the opening round, he had to survive some heavy blows in its finale after the challenger broke free from the Brazilian’s body triangle.
Masvidal appeared to be on top during the second and third before Maia took him down midway through both, securing his back and looking for a gap to try and finish him off with a rear naked choke.
Yair Rodriguez suffered severe damage to his eye during his defeat by Frankie Edgar.
After grounding his opponent in the first, Edgar pounded Rodriguez so hard that the ref was forced to stop the bout before the third round due to the swollenness.
Edgar said post-victory: “Yair Rodriguez is going to be a superstar, but just not yet,.
Ex-double weight WSOF champion David Branch returned to the UFC banner to record a split decision win over Pole Krzysztof Jotko.
After an uninspiring three rounds, Branch’s takedowns proved to be the difference.
Eddie Alvarez’s clash with Dustin Poirier was deemed a no contest after the latter struck his rival with two illegal – but “unintentional” – knees in the second round.