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Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos 2 is official for UFC 211 in Dallas

The UFC Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic, will face off against a familiar foe in Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The decision to place Dos Santos in a title match when there are three other contenders that are ranked higher has sparked up a bit of controversy. Let’s discuss why “Cigano” was picked for the matchup over his competition. Alistair Overeem is ranked right above JDS and had recently failed in his opprtunity (although he was close) to capture the illustrious title. Overeem is set to face Mark Hunt at UFC 209 which would undoubtedly keep him from challenging for the title a second time for the time being. In additon to that, a fighter getting a rematch just after failing to secure the title does not make a whole lot of sense for a main event fight.

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Stipe Mioci disposed of Alistair Overeem in the second round to retain his UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Not even Chael Sonnen got an immediate rematch against Anderson Silva after almost handing “The Spider” his first loss in the UFC. Ranked number two on the heavyweight contenders list is Cain Velasquez who was set to face the number one ranked contender but had to withdraw due to injury. Velasquez’s leg injury may be too much for the former heavyweight champion to compete right now which is why he was not considered for the fight. Plus, the guy ranked above him is much more deserving of a title shot. Fabricio Werdum is the number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. He lost the belt to Miocic back at UFC 198 in Brazil. After the loss Werdum would go on to win his next bout against Travis Browne at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio. A lot of times the UFC would give an immediate rematch to champions that lost their belts (such as Ronda Rousey). But more often than not, the UFC would have the former champion work his way to a rematch. This is evident by the fact that fighters like Jon Jones and Rafael Dos Anjos, who were dominant in their divisions, did not get immediate rematches. Werdum did go on to claim the number one contender spot and seemed like the most likely canidate to face Miocic in Dallas. However, the UFC loves to find the best matchup they can and would ignor the rankings for the biggest draw and most interesting fights. Most recently this happened when Cody Garbrandt skipped several ranked bantamweights to dethrone Dominick Cruz and claim the UFC Bantamweight Championship.

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Cody Garbrant skipped several top bantamweight contenders to fight for and capture the UFC Bantamweight Championship.

Although it was ridiculous to see that occur, the fight was amazing and Cruz got the toughest fight of his life. The UFC probably thinks that this is the more exciting fight and would give a fresh matchup and challenge for the champion. The heavyweights usually put on a huge show and they say that everything is bigger in Texas. Dallas should get a treat when these two meet. Hopefully Dos Santos vs Miocic can bring us that same magic that Cruz vs Garbrandt brought. If it does then there will be no complaints from the MMA community (maybe).

Debate

Should the UFC start a women’s flyweight (125 lbs.) division?

A hot debate nowadays in the MMA community is whether or not the UFC should create a new flyweight (125 lbs.) division. Some women such as Bec Rawlings compete at the smaller strawweight division (115 lbs.) division but fail to make weight at times because of their natural weight being much larger. Opening a flyweight division would have its consequences, however, such as thinning out the already thin divisions of the females in the UFC. Fighters from both the strawweight and bantamweight (135 lbs.) divisions would transition to the newly formed division in hopes of better oppurtunity but would leave their division with less competition. Right now Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Amanda Nunes dominate their divisions and are in need of competition. Yet if you look back not too long ago when the UFC created the male’s flyweight division, lots of the bantamweights migrated and became stars in the lighter weight class. A prime example would be the pound for pound number one ranked fighter and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. A flyweight division makes a lot of sense right now and the UFC will have to make it some time down the road. This will keep the fighters from having to face someone that is naturally bigger or having to make a weight that pushes their body too far. The UFC has already shown that its willing to create new division for  small minority when they created the women’s featherweight division solely for Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. It’s time for them to bridge the gap between the women’s strawweight and bantamweight division for the long-term wellness of the female fighters.