Saturday’s championship fights were supposed to be competitive. They were anything but, as Stipe Miocic and Joanna Jedrzejczyk cashed in as bargains on the UFC odds board.
You can see why the two championship fights at Saturday’s big UFC 211 card in Dallas were being hyped as competitive matchups. Stipe Miocic (–170) was defending his Heavyweight title against former champion Junior dos Santos, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (–195) was facing a stiff challenge from Jessica Andrade, who had won all three of her fights since dropping down to the Women’s Strawweight division.
It didn’t turn out that way. Jedrzejczyk put on a proverbial clinic in the co-main event, easily winning all five rounds to retain her title via unanimous decision. The Miocic floored dos Santos with a right to the jaw and won by first-round TKO. These were two beatdowns of epic proportions. If you had either of these champions in your UFC picks for Saturday, well done.
A 101 Just Won’t Do
Credit where credit is due: Andrade is tough as nails. She absorbed a high volume of punishment in all five rounds; according to FightMetric, Jedrzejczyk landed 225 significant strikes in this matchup, including 101 head strikes. Andrade smiled. She got hers in, too, but at far less volume – although the Brazilian did land the only takedown of the fight. Then she proposed to her girlfriend Fernanda Gomes during the post-fight interview.
Jessica Andrade says her in-cage marriage proposal was accepted.— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) May 14, 2017
We didn’t get nearly as much chance to see what dos Santos had to offer. Miocic backed him into a corner, shrugging off a series of painful leg kicks, and teed up that concrete block of a right hand. Referee Herb Dean could have stopped things right there, but Miocic made it elementary by pouncing on the former champ and delivering some heavy ground-and-pound to earn the TKO.
Make no mistake: Jedrzejczyk and Miocic are two of the worst fighters on the planet. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good. You’re probably not going to find the same betting value the next time these two buzzsaws appear on the UFC odds board that you did on this night.