Sunday, 28 December 2014

UFC on Fox 13

The UFC on Fox 13, held in Phoenix, Arizona, was a real christmas gift for all the fans who love heavyweight fights. The event was headlined by a bout between Junior Dos Santos and Stipe Miocić, preluded by confrontations between Matt Mitrione with Gabriel Gonzaga and Alistair Overeem with Stefan Struve. 


For Alistair Overeem the fight with his co-national was a chance to retaliate for two embarrassing losses against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Ben Rothwell. In both fights Overeem was dominating but both of them ended knocked-out. If he didn't want to fall out of the top 10 of the division he had to win. And he did. Fighting against taller, and having a reach advantage, Struve, Alistair didn't want a kick-boxing match. He was trying to clinch, use his wrestling skills taking Struve down and strike him on the ground. Long limbs of Struve didn't help him to defend himself. Overeem knocked him out in the very first round. 

The main event of the evening gave us a response for the question in what form the former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos, is. Three battles against Cain Velasquez - and the punches that the current heavyweight champions has landed - have left an imprint on Dos Santos' game. The Brazilian won with Stipe Miocić by the unanimous decision, but - after what we've seen in the Octagon - it's doubtful that he could be given a forth bout against Velasquez.

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