UFC 211 Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 Main Card & Odds Preview

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 11, 2017 in

On Saturday night, UFC 211 will unfold from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The headline fight, set to take place around 9:00pm Eastern time, features Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos. It’s the second time these two heavyweights meet, with Dos Santos taking the win the last time by decision. Now that Miocic is the Champ, will it be different this time around? There are also a variety of other fights on the undercard that you should take a look at in the MMA odds.

UFC 211 Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 Main Card & Odds Preview

Heavyweight Bout: Stipe Miocic (16-2, 10-2 UFC) (-245) vs Junior Dos Santos (18-4, 12-3 UFC) (+175)

Miocic comes from a boxing background, and he always sticks with it, no matter how the fights go. He almost always has more endurance than his competitors, which is why his footwork stays consistent from start to finish. Because he has that steady base, he can avoid impulsive strikes and cut off angles. His approach is to put the pressure on his opponent and restrict his area of movement within the cage. He has 12 knockouts and just one win by submission, so you can see that he prefers to fight standing up rather than use wrestling — despite the fact that he was a college wrestler.

Dos Santos is more of an enigma. He has suffered several injuries in the past few years, and so this is just his sixth bout in the last four years. At the age of 33, he is starting to slow down his schedule. Dos Santos did beat Miocic the first they tangled, back in 2013, and he also took Ben Rothwell by decision last year. In a case like this, though, I prefer the consistent record over the enigma, so give me Miocic.

Strawweight Bout: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0, 7-0 UFC) (-235) vs Jessica Andrade (16-5, 7-3 UFC) (+160)

These two fighters both rank in the top six all time in strikes landed per minute, as Andrade lands 6.8 and Jedrzejczyk lands 6.45. Andrade has already won three strawweight bouts in less than a year, taking down Jessica Penne, Joanne Calderwood and Angela Hill. In addition to bringing fast hands while swinging, she is also strong if things move to the ground. Jedrzejczyk’s strengths are in kickboxing, as she uses quick movement and pressure to chase down her quarry, but she may have to take a different approach against Andrade. I like the underdog in this one.

Welterweight Bout: Demian Maia (24-6, 18-6 UFC) (-210) vs Jorge Masvidal (32-11, 9-4 UFC) (+145)

Maia enters this fight riding a six-bout win streak — all against elite UFC welterweights. He has a lot of size for the division, so he uses that leverage to bring opponents down to the ground before getting their back and either choking them or getting submissions. Masvidal comes in with a street-fighting pedigree, marked by his second-round KO of Donald Cerrone. However, that doesn’t mean that he lacks in technical skill. Even so, I see Maia pushing that streak to seven.