Junior dos Santos was out of action for over a year after Cain Velasquez delivered the beating of a lifetime at UFC 166 back on Oct. 19, 2013. He had been scheduled to fight Stipe Miocic in May of this year but that was delayed when he suffered an injury.
It finally took place tonight (Sat., Dec. 13, 2014), after so many months of build, in the main event of UFC on Fox 13 in Phoenix, Arizona and it was an epic heavyweight showdown worthy of top billing on a nationally televised card.
It's too bad it ended with some controversial scoring from the judges.
After five rounds of thrilling, back-and-forth action that saw both fighters score with big punches, both fighters finish bloodied and gasping for air, the scores came in as such:
48-47, 49-46, and 49-46, all in favor of Dos Santos.
You can justify the first scorecard, and it's quite possible the majority of the mixed martial arts fan base would have turned in the exact same card. But "Cigano" winning four rounds to one?
That might be far more difficult to stomach.
Still, Miocic looked great against incredibly difficult competition, perhaps the best in the division outside of the champion, Cain Velasquez. This one was close enough that an immediate rematch may be in order.
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