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By: Tim Mutohfan
Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic targeted for this event.
Can third time be the charm for this fight? These two were originally meant to face off back in May at UFC 173, and then was moved back to the finale of TUF: Brazil 3, then Dos Santos gets an injury to his hand. So in step Fabio Maldonado, he also stepped into some of Miocic’s punches and was put away rather quickly.
Will this fight happen ever, let alone on this event? One can hope, these two have been flirting with each other for a while and could have a fine tussle with each other.
Of course the winner may be one step closer to fighting Cain Velasquez. Some prize, I know.
The UFC has announced its first fight for the event to air on Fox from US Airways in Phoenix, Arizona. Lightweights Jamie Varner and Drew Dober will square off at the December 23rd fight card.
Former WEC Lightweight Champion and UFC Lightweight contender Jamie Varner will be fighting in his home state for the first time since his loss to Shane Roller while fighting for the WEC in December of 2010. Varner who suffered badly broken ankle in his May 24th meeting with James Krause, is not only hoping to come back strong from that injury, but end a 3 fight losing streak. The always gritty Varner tried his darndest to continue the fight, but to no avail. Not many people on the planet would continue to fight while dealing with the pain of a broken ankle, an ankle so badly broken standing was a Herculean Task. If Jamie loses to Dober in December would his job with the UFC be in jeopardy, 4 straight losses are hard to look at. Then again, dude tried to fight with a broken ankle. Not that such things are on his mind, I would assume. He strikes me as a fight to win guy and not a fight to not lose guy.
Drew Dober is another guy trying to turn around a losing streak. His only 2 appearances with the UFC were losses, both by decision to Sean Spencer and Nick Hein. Of the two who need to quell a losing streak more, my money is on Dober. 14-6 is Dober’s overall MMA record 0-2 with the UFC.