Former UFC heavyweight champ dos Santos says Stipe Miocic has the right skill set to overcome Fabricio Werdum on the latter’s home turf in Brazil.
Brazilian heavyweight fighter Junior dos Santos will be an interested spectator come May 14.
Aside from watching UFC 198 up close in Brazil, the former UFC heavyweight champion will be very much intrigued on who will win the match between Stipe Miocic and Fabricio Werdum for the latter’s title belt.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, dos Santos — who holds the distinction of beating both title combatants in the UFC — said that Miocic has the distinct advantage over Werdum on the ground that will end the fight early and take home the gold with him.
“Werdum has evolved a lot, he impressed in the few times he fought. He has evolved a lot,” dos Santos. “His ground game is the best in the heavyweight division, no question about it. He has what it takes to keep the belt for a good time, but he’s facing a tough opponent next. Miocic has that knockout punch. I was completely dizzy a few moments when we fought. He has that punch, and his stand-up is more complete and better than Werdum’s.
“I don’t see how… Werdum is excellent on the ground, but I don’t see him taking anyone down. If the fight stays standing, I see Miocic as the favorite. If it goes to the ground, it’s going to be fast. But I see Miocic as the favorite standing. Comparing their qualities, I don’t see Werdum taking him down, so it’s going to be a stand-up fight and Miocic has an advantage.”
Before dos Santos gets another crack at the belt against the winner of the Mico