When a fighter gets knocked out, it takes a lot of courage and resilience to get back in the cage. But when a fighter gets beaten for five straight rounds, twice no less, he becomes humbled and demoralized, and he may never be the same again. Junior Dos Santos is in this situation as we speak. He’s coming off two brutal beatings from Cain Velasquez, the current heavyweight champ of the UFC.
Even in defeat, JDS feels he still has what it takes to be champ, but he’s not stupid. He knows he needs to mix things up with his training in order to catch up to the curve, which is why he’s going to be training more with Team Nova Uniao, the training camp of bantamweight champ Renan Barao and featherweight champ Jose Aldo.
Now that his training is in line, he’s got a difficult task in front of him, as his next opponent will be Stipe Miocic. Miocic, one of the most technical strikers in the division, will be looking to use JDS as a stepping stone for his career, but JDS will do everything in his power to stop this from happening. JDS, when on his best game, can finish any fighter on the planet, including Velasquez. Velasquez is on a whole other level right so, so the Stipe fight will be a step down for JDS. This isn’t to say he can let his guard up, because if he does, he could be on a two-fight losing streak.
JDS needs to get his name back in the win column, and his fight with Stipe certainly favors him stylistically. If JDS can keep it standing, it will be only a matter of time before Stipe is on the ground, looking up at the bright lights in the sky.