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UFC 198: JDS Believes Fabricio Werdum’s in Tough Against Stipe Miocic’s Striking

Kelsey Mowatt

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum has impressed a lot folks with his kickboxing recently, but according to Junior dos Santos, the heavyweight champ’s in for a tough test if he can’t get Stipe Miocic down.

Werdum will battle Miocic in the main event of UFC 198, which will take place on May 14th in Curitiba, Brazil. The bout will mark the first time Werdum has fought since last June, when he submitted Cain Velasquez to take the title. Miocic, meanwhile, took out Andrei Arlovski this past January in his last outing.

Well, recently dos Santos spoke with MMA Fighting.com, and he was asked to weigh-in on the upcoming title fight. Here is some of what the former champ had to say:

“Werdum has evolved a lot, he impressed in the few times he fought. He has evolved a lot,” dos Santos said. “His ground game is the best in the heavyweight division, no question about it. He has what it takes to keep the belt for a good time, but he’s facing a tough opponent next. Miocic has that knockout punch. I was completely dizzy a few moments when we fought. He has that punch, and his stand-up is more complete and better than Werdum’s.

“I don’t see how… Werdum is excellent on the ground, but I don’t see him taking anyone down. If the fight stays standing, I see Miocic as the favorite…”

How about that? Now, JDS has faced both Miocic and Werdum, but when he KO’d the latter, it was back in 2008. Since then, Werdum has evolved into much more than just a galaxy-class grappler.

Chances are a lot of people will agree with JDS on this, in terms of Miocic having the better more dangerous stand-up. But is he the more complete striker? That’s a tough one. Certainly Miocic has nasty, nasty boxing, but Werdum has showcased dangerous kicks, and of course, a devastating flying knee that he used to put away Mark Hunt. His boxing’s not too shabby either.

Now, if Werdum can get Miocic to the mat, then one would think the latter’s going to be in a ton of trouble. Considering Miocic’s wrestling game, however, that could be tough as JDS noted.

UFC 198 will be hosted by the Arena da Baixada, and will see Vitor Belfort battle “Jacare” Souza in the co-headliner.

JDS, meanwhile, is scheduled to face Ben Rothwell on April 10th in Zagreb, Croatia.

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