Junior Dos Santos’ bold analysis of Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic

Fabricio Werdum has been on a tear since returning to the UFC back in 2012. ‘Vai Calvao’ has gone 6-0 over the last 4 years since returning to the Octagon, capturing the UFC heavyweight championship in the process.

Werdum has looked dominant over the course of the 6 wins, submitting Antonio Nogueira, dominating Travis Browne en route to a decision, TKOing Mark Hunt, and submitting Cain Velasquez.

With all that being said however, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos believes that Stipe Miocic will have the advantage when he fights Werdum at UFC 198 on May 14th.

He spoke to MMAFighting:

“Werdum has evolved a lot, he impressed in the few times he fought. He has evolved a lot. 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.”

Miocic will be riding a 2-fight win streak into his bout with Werdum, both of which have come by way of TKO.