Stipe Miocic knocked out Fabricio Werdum with a single punch this past weekend (Sat., May 14, 2016) in the main event of UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil (replay here), earning him the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight strap.
How did it happen?
According to Junior dos Santos -- a man who holds wins over both Werdum and Stipe -- "Vai Cavalo," although improved, is not a true striker. And trying to go toe-to-toe against a stand-up specialist like Miocic wasn't the smartest thing to do.
With common sense being that Alistair Overeem -- another accomplished striker -- is set to get first dibs at Stipe's strap, "JDS" gave his thoughts on that potential championship match on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.
And if you're a fan of Alistair's, you're not going to like his assessment.
"I think if it happens I will give it to Miocic. I don't think Overeem has got what it takes to beat Miocic. Miocic is really hard. My fight against Miocic, that was one of the toughest fights I've ever had. He hits very hard and he has heavy hands. I think, when I watch Miocic fight and when I watch Overeem fight, I think Miocic is way better than him. I don't think (he can beat Miocic). But he did well against a very tough guy in Arlovski, and, actually Overeem is coming off good moments because he beat me, Arlovski and he is doing very well. But I just don't think, like I said, I give the advantage to Miocic, but it is MMA and you never know. For sure Overeem has a lot of chances to beat him, but it is going to be hard for him."
Of course, the fact the "JDS" and "The Reem" have a rough history may have swayed Junior's comments, as he went on to say that his knockout loss to the Dutch striker was one of the hardest of his career; though he admits his foe was the better fighter that night.
As for what's next for Junior -- who is fresh of a five-round drubbing of Ben Rothwell -- he will be on the sidelines for a few more months following shoulder surgery. Once he's ready and able, the former champion says he'd love nothing more than to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 205 in New York on Nov. 12, 2016.