Miocic vows to stay grounded as UFC champ

Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos will battle for a second time this Saturday at UFC 211, and on paper, it has the makings to be a fantastic bout. Dos Santos took the win by unanimous decision.

There is just something about a loss that motivates good fighters to become great. Tryouts will be open to all fighters with at least three bouts and a winning record to their resume, including any current UFC fighter capable of making weight. It was, you know, a tough fight for both of us, I think, and for sure we learned a lot from each other that fight.

Stipe Miocic's focus is right where it needs to be.

Having said that, there are some still active fighters who are not much talked about, but inside the octagon, they are the biggest forces to reckon with.

The signature event in the organization's "Welcome to the Show" campaign, the connection between the series of first quarter fights included under that title and Pettis's "Showtime" nickname was instantly apparent and only became more obvious when the poster for the event was released. Rodriguez has a hard style to contest with and has a height and reach advantage.

Things shift to Brazil, as Jessica Andrade and her wife host a farewell BBQ for some people since they'll be gone for a month. "We went over a lot of stuff, and we definitely have a better game plan in this fight". UFC 211 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights at UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2, taking place Saturday, May 13 live on Pay-Per-View.

From June 11, 2011 to December 29, 2012, the fighter nicknamed "Cigano" reigned as the UFC heavyweight champion. I had a mother that worked her ass off and my father was there, too, I saw him but my mom was there everyday. Dos Santos was utterly destroyed through five landslide rounds. Me and my coaches watched over that film to see what he did wrong, what I did wrong and what I did well and what he did wrong. Though it would seem time may have passed Dos Santos by, he is still just 33 years of age.

The UFC continues to flesh out its female roster, revealing this week that the next "Ultimate Fighter" could feature women competing at 125 pounds and a tentative plan of crowning a champion in the new division at the end of a season-long tournament.

Stepping into the cage five times with a UFC belt on the line, we've seen Jedrzejczyk out-strike, out-wit and out-work her opponents.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk - how many of us have heard that name before? I know I am very strong and heavy-handed so If I can get my punches in, I will get my hand raised. Jedrzejczyk has established herself as the most dominant female champion the UFC has had since Ronda Rousey and she is coming off a win against Poland's Karolina Kowalkiewicz that put a home country rivalry on the map. In fact, of his last four opponents, the only person not to get choked out was BJJ ace Gunnar Nelson, who landed just two significant strikes over three rounds.

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