Jessica Andrade has the chance to become the best strawweight fighter in the world Saturday night in Dallas, as she takes on UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the co-main event of UFC 211, but that wasn't her first sports goal growing up.
And yet, his name still isn't getting mentioned among the all-time greats.
One thing Miocic has going for him is the shallow nature of the division.
Saturday night the Ultimate Fighting Championship made a stop at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 211. "If I keep winning, I'll (make) history". Below that is the full official fight card.
Mark Hunt has found an unlikely ally in his old adversary Junior dos Santos, with the former UFC heavyweight champion adamant the Kiwi is still a force to be reckoned with in the division. Nobody has managed to do it three times. He was heavy-handed, athletic and like Miocic won the title and defended.
"I personally think he's the best heavyweight right now", said Marinelli. The victory marked the second win in a row, and seventh in his last eight contests for Edgar. Miocic has improved, and has accumulated some really nice results due to these improvements, but he can't hang with JDS with boxing alone.
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Since beating Miocic in their last encounter, the former champion has only fought twice, losing to Alistair Overeem, but bouncing back with a dominant decision victory over Ben Rothwell in April 2016.
That starts with dos Santos on Saturday. We like all the fights on the main card and even have some pretty good matchups we enjoy in the preliminary card. "It's fun. I like being called champ especially". "I'm going to worry about him", nodding in the direction of Dos Santos sitting only a few yards away.
Miocic earned himself $50K and the record for most UFC heavyweight title defenses. If he scores a submission win over opponent Jorge Masivdal he will tie Royce Gracie's record for most submission wins in UFC history.
Two and a half years later, bettors who took the underdog in the main event of UFC on Fox 13 are still complaining.
"The time is coming for Ngannou, who is still largely unproven, so we'll let that one play out, and Jones" heavyweight debut is still in limbo, as he must first get through Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim. I say this because he has shown the durability to withstand Miocic's offense, but also has the risky boxing to edge him. I have learned a lot during this time. However, he has not won consecutive fights since November 2011 and May 2012, going 3-3 in his last six fights.
Of all the would-be-stars who will be on display at UFC 211, Masvidal might just be the one who is next-in-line to fight for a UFC belt. "So, I lost", Miocic said with a shrug. "All I do is this, I don't do nothing else but train". "He gave me that confidence I needed".