Miocic, Joanna Remain UFC Champs
The last time Stipe Miocic faced Junior Dos Santos, it was Dos Santos picking up the win in the main event of a UFC on FOX in December 2014 via unanimous decision. The last time the UFC was at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, two new champions were crowned. In neither sense did history repeat itself at UFC 211.
In the main event, Miocic successfully retained his UFC heavyweight title against Dos Santos — and this time around, no judges were necessary. Dos Santos, to his credit, came right into the Octagon energized, delivering two hard kicks to Miocic. Miocic, however, came firing back and sent the challenger into retreat. That’s when Miocic cut off the cage and delivered a couple of hard shots to the face of dos Santos, dropping him and getting the TKO.
With his second consecutive title defense, Miocic ties the UFC record. Other champions who have defended the title two consecutive times in the past include Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez. No UFC heavyweight champion has defended the title three consecutive times, however.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk also successfully defended her UFC women’s strawweight title in the co-main event, as she earned a unanimous decision over Jessica Andrade. It was an absolutely one-sided affair, with the champion winning every round on the judges’ scorecards, with one judge even giving her a 10-8 victory for one round. This makes it five straight successful title defenses and a 15-0 pro MMA record for Joanna. Her sixth consecutive title defense, Jedrzejczyk ties Ronda Rousey for most consecutive title defenses by a woman in UFC history.
Not all was lost for Andrade, however, as she proposed to her girlfriend from the Octagon following the bout, and she said yes.
Demian Maia defeated Jorge Masvidal for his seventh straight win in a welterweight title eliminator. As a result, Maia is likely next in line to challenge Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight championship.
The main card also featured Frankie Edgar earning a win over Yair Rodriguez via doctor’s stoppage, and David Branch winning his first UFC bout since 2011 via split decision.
The featured bout on the prelims saw a clash between two of the UFC’s top lightweights, as former champion Eddie Alvarez faced Dustin Poirier. The ending, however, came quite controversially in the second round. Poirier had one hand on the ground when Alvarez hit his head with a knee (Texas has not passed the new unified rules of MMA). Referee Herb Dean did not catch that knee, but caught a second knee — this time Alvarez’s knee was down on the mat as well. Dean ruled the foul came "accidentally" and a No Contest was called.
UFC 211 Main Card (10 p.m., PPV):
UFC heavyweight championship: (c.) Stipe Miocic def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:22)
UFC women’s strawweight championship: (c.) Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-45)
Welterweight: Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Featherweight: Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 2, 5:00)
Middleweight: David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC 211 Preliminary Card (8 p.m., FX):
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier declared a No Contest (Rd. 2, 4:12)
Featherweight: Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly via TKO (Rd. 3, 0:39)
Heavyweight: Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (Rd. 2, 3:36)
Lightweight: James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:39)
UFC 211 Early Preliminary Card (6:30 p.m., UFC Fight Pass):
Women’s strawweight: Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Light heavyweight: Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 2:21)