Dos Santos campaigned hard for a rematch with Miocic, by citing the fact he held a 2014, decision win over the heavyweight champ. The UFC and Miocic were on board with the idea, and thus, the two were booked to fight in Dallas, Saturday night.
JDS landed a couple of hard kicks to the calf of Miocic early on, which clearly hurt the champ. But, Miocic kept moving forward, and put dos Santos away with a big right and follow up punches. After the bout, the former champion had this to say about the defeat (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“That’s the heavyweight division, you know?” dos Santos said during the post-fight press conference. “I think I’ve made many, many guys feel like that. It’s terrible, man. It’s terrible. Because I was prepared … and I had a lot to give there and everything, like I said, everything was working very well. The way we expected.”
Since the loss was “Cigano’s” third in his last five bouts, and because the 33 year-old’s been involved in several wars, some observers are wondering what the future holds for JDS. But, the heavy handed fighter also had this to say about his future:
“You know, I’m here to fight,” dos Santossaid. “And now I’m looking forward for my next fight already because I want to delete this thing … I’m still looking forward for my future fights because that’s what I love to do.”
It will be interesting to see when and who dos Santos faces next. One would think a top ten ranked heavyweight, but someone who’s not in the top five, could be in order.