UFC on FOX 13: Junior dos Santos Edges Stipe Miocic in Thriller, Rafael dos Anjos Dominates Nate Diaz
By FCF Staff
Junior dos Santos returned to the win column tonight at UFC on FOX 13, but the former heavyweight was bloodied, battered, and some will say outscored by Stipe Miocic while doing so.
Early on, Miocic appeared to be getting the better of the stand-up exchanges, and kept dos Santos in check by throwing in the odd takedown attempt. In round three, dos Santos regained momentum, however, by momentarily dropping the contender with a left hook.
Rounds four and five were also very competitive, but Miocic poured it on late in the bout and had dos Santos on the defensive. All three judges ultimately scored the thrilling bout in “Cigano’s” favor, however, and handed him the unanimous decision win.
In the co-headliner, Rafael dos Anjos cruised to a UD win over Nate Diaz, as the lightweight brutalized the latter’s legs with kicks and punished him from above when the fight was on the mat.
UFC on FOX 13 also saw Alistair Overeem get back on track, as the decorated heavyweight put away Stefan Struve with ground-and-pound strikes in round one.
Former WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner also announced his retirement at the event, following an opening round, submission loss to Drew Dober.
Here are the results from UFC on FOX 13, which was hosted by the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
UFC on FOX 13
Junior dos Santos def. Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Rafael dos Anjos def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Alistair Overeem def. Stefan Struve via KO (punches) R1, 4:13
Matt Mitrione def. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (punches) R1, 1:59
Joana Jedrzejczyk def. Claudia Gadelha via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
John Moraga def. Willie Gates via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 4:06
Ben Saunders def. Joe Riggs via submission (injury) R1, 0:57
Drew Dober def. Jamie Varner via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 1:52
Bryan Barberena def. Joe Ellenberger via TKO (punches and elbows) R3, 3:24
David Michaud def. Garett Whitely via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Dustin Kimura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ian Entwistle def. Anthony Birchak via submission (heel hook) R1, 1:04