Top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski threw down last night (Jan. 2, 2016) at UFC 195 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miocic's last two fights really elevated him to the top of the pack at Heavyweight. If he could earn a victory against the former champion, Miocic was in great position to earn a title shot.
On the other hand, Arlovski's unexpected four fight win streak brought him back into the title mix. By taking out Miocic, Arlovski could solidify himself as the next title challenger.
This one didn't last long.
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Arlovski opened the fight by trying to keep his distance, throwing out some oblique kicks and looking for straight punches. He was definitely willing to exchange, as Arlovski was throwing with heat and looking to earn his opponent's respect.
Instead, Miocic blasted him with a hard right hand and ended the fight.
As Arlovski was loading up on a punch, Miocic connected with a short right hand that landed perfectly. Arlovski's knees buckled, and though he tried to recover, Arlovski was already gone. A few follow up punches sent him to the mat, where the fight was quickly stopped.
There isn't a ton to break down here. Both men fought with the correct game plan, as Arlovski looked to keep his range and Miocic was pressuring. Ultimately, Miocic connected with the first hard shot, and the fight was over.
Such is life at Heavyweight.
By finishing Arlovski in less than a minute, Miocic has earned his title shot. If there's any justice in the world, Miocic will be competing opposite either Fabricio Werdum or Cain Velasquez in a few months. There's no one that deserves it more, as Miocic has looked fantastic in recent performances.
There's no doubt that Arlovski is disappointed in this result, but that's simply the risk of fighting big men. The bright side is that -- besides Miocic -- there are no clear contenders for the title. With a couple wins, Arlovski could earn a title shot despite this loss.
Last night, Stipe Miocic knocked his opponent out in short order. Can Miocic continue his winning ways and earn the Heavyweight crown?
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