Revenge is sweet for Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titlist Stipe Miocic.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion, Miocic avenged one of only two losses on his professional record with a knockout of Junior dos Santos at the 2:24 mark of the very first round in the main event of UFC 211 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas Saturday night.
PHOTOS: Stipe Miocic retains UFC Heavyweight Championship with KO of Junior dos Santos
Miocic finished off the victory when he backed up dos Santos against the cage and floored him with a right hand to the head. When dos Santos fell, Miocic pounced at the opportunity to finish the fight and fired off more than a dozen left-handed punches through the guard and forced referee Herb Dean to jump in and call a stop to the bout.
Although dos Santos landed nine strikes, including early leg kicks that caused instant swelling in Miocic’s left shin, the champion withstood the damage and landed 12 of his 35 strikes (34 percent), but all 12 were considered significant, according to FightMetric.
With the win over dos Santos, Miocic tied the UFC record by successfully defending the heavyweight championship for a second consecutive time. He improved to 17-2 in his professional career, and 11-2 in his 13 bouts within the UFC.