A rematch of Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) vs. Junior dos Santos (@junior_cigano) is rumored to be taking place at UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas on March 13, 2017 for the UFC heavyweight championship.
The bout was first reported by Brazilian outlet Combate. The two previously fought at UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic in December of 2014. The first fight ended in a controversial decision in favor of dos Santos.
Since their first encounter Miocic has gone on to become the UFC heavyweight champion and will be looking to make his second successful title defense in the re-match. He has won his last four fights with all of the wins coming by way of stoppage. He successfully defended his championship for the first time this past September at UFC 203 when he scored a first round (T)KO over Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem).
Things has been up and down for dos Santos since losing the heavyweight championship in 2012. He has alternated between wins and losses, going 3-3 since having held UFC gold. He was last in action at UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos this past April where he defeated Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) by unanimous decision.
The title shot for dos Santos is unexpected, but although dos Santos has struggled as of late you can never count him out. He has been in the octagon with the best of the best and has the ability to end the fight in an instant. Miocic should be excited at the chance to avenge the last loss of his career.