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Champ Stipe Miocic has no interest in another slugfest with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211



DALLAS – The last time Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos got together two and a half years ago, they flew home from Phoenix battered and bloodied and bruised.

When they rematch in the UFC 211 main event on Saturday night, Miocic (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is hoping he and Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC) don’t have to do that again. Not that Miocic, the heavyweight champ, doesn’t think he can go five rounds again with the former champ – he just doesn’t want to.

“It’s not fun at all,” Miocic said today after a workout for fans and the media. “I don’t want to go through another slugfest. I want to do my fight. It’s not going five rounds, I cna tell you that right now. And I’m not doing that and losing – I’m walking out with the belt still wrapped around my waist. I don’t really care what it takes. It’s going to happen.”

UFC 211 takes place Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Miocic has the added pressure of not just trying to defend his title for the second time, but trying to exact a measure of revenge against Dos Santos, who beat him on the scorecards at UFC on FOX 13 in December 2014.

That fight wasn’t wholly without controversy. At least some observers thought Miocic should’ve walked away with his hand raised, despite Dos Santos getting the nod from all three judges.

But after that, Miocic started winning again and hasn’t looked back. The Ohioan knocked out Mark Hunt and former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski to get his shot at Fabricio Werdum, then knocked Werdum out in hostile territory in Brazil to win the belt.

This past September, in his first defense, he battled back from nearly being finished to knock out Alistair Overeem in the first round at UFC 203 in front of his home fans in Cleveland.

And though four straight knockout wins, including in two title fights, may seem like easy nights at the office for Miocic, he insists it’s been the product of hard work – work that’s been hard enough to know he doesn’t want to surrender the title with another loss to “Cigano” on Saturday.

“I worked too hard to get that belt, and I’m not giving it up,” Miocic said.

Check out the video above for more from the champion ahead of his headliner against Dos Santos.

And for more on UFC 211, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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