That was fast.
Not long after word broke that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was making its return to “The Lone Star State,” Combate reports that UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will headline the UFC 211 pay-per-view (PPV) event against the last man to beat him, former 265-pound titleholder Junior dos Santos.
Their five-round headliner is tentatively scheduled for Sat., May 13, 2017 inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Miocic (16-2) dropped a razor-thin unanimous decision to Dos Santos at UFC on FOX 13 in late 2014. Undeterred, the Clevelander bounced back to capture four straight, including a knockout win over Fabricio Werdum to usurp the throne.
Dos Santos (18-4), ranked No. 4, has struggled to remain active since their first go-round thanks to recurring injuries. “Cigano” was finished by Alistair Overeem at UFC on FOX 17, but recovered by outpointing Ben Rothwell last April.
Early predictions on this heavyweight do-over?
No other bouts have been announced for the upcoming UFC 211 extravaganza, though I would expect that to change in the coming weeks, if not days.