As we approach the holidays, there’s not much more fight fans could ask for then what’s going to take place on December 13.

Live from the US Airways Center, the UFC will host their first even in the state of Arizona when UFC on FOX: dos Santos vs. Miocic gets under way. The Phoenix based fight card will air live on FOX beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

Junior dos Santos will look to rebound since dropping two of his last three contests in title fights to Cain Velasquez. It won’t come with ease as Stipe Miocic continues to steamroll to the top of the heavyweight division with an unbeaten record in the last two years.

With Josh Davis back from vacation, we’re here to give you our predictions in the latest edition of ‘Davis vs. Derr’.

 

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione

Davis: When I look at this fight on paper, I am intrigued by the matchup. Obviously both Mitrione and Gonzaga have knock-out power and one punch could end the fight at any time. However, if Gonzaga can get this fight to the ground, he has a clear advantage.  With that being said I think Gonzaga has more ways to win this fight and I believe he will get it done.

Prediction: Gonzaga by Submission, Round 1

Derr: This bout, along with many others complimented on the FOX card are intensively evenly matched. The likelihood of the judges playing any part in this contest are extremely minimal. Heavy hands from both men will provide the means for an entertaining fight, but a quick one at that. Gonzaga has the stronger chin and he’ll be the one to connect on the finishing blow.

Prediction: Gonzaga by KO, Round 1

 

Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve

Davis: If you really want to know what the UFC thinks of Overeem at this point in his career, just look at this matchup.  With respect to Struve, he is certainly not an opponent that is going to get you a title shot.  Struve hasn’t fought in almost two years due to heart complications and was forced to pull out of his last scheduled fight with Matt Mitrione minutes before they were set to fight.  Now he is facing Overeem. If Overeem loses this fight, I imagine that will be the end of his UFC career.  However, I think that he hits too hard and will be too much for Struve to handle.

Prediction: Overeem by KO, Round 1

Derr: Man, oh man. Long gone are the days that Overeem enters the Octagon as a 3-1 favorite. Fortunately, the UFC has set Overeem up for success, at least we hope. Struve has been out of action for far too long, and the health conditions allow us to remain skeptical. It might not come with ease as some suspect, but “The Demolition Man” finally demolishes someone for the first time in a while.

Prediction: Overeem by KO, Round 2

 

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz

Davis: Finally, Diaz returns to the octagon and I for one cannot wait.  With that being said, the UFC did not give him an easy fight to welcome him back.  If this fight was a year ago, I would have picked little Diaz by first round ass whooping, but the tides have turned.  dos Anjos has been on a tear recently and is looking to make a statement for a title shot and a big win over Diaz might do the trick. My heart says Diaz by Stockton ass whoopin’, but my brain says dos Anjos by decision.

Prediction: dos Anjos by Decision

Derr: dos Anjos is a tough one to decipher. He’s defeated the likes of Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson, even when we counted him out. Will he punch his ticket to a 155-pound title shot? I can’t envision it happening against Diaz. Unless, dos Anjos can work Diaz to the ground and establish dominant position, he’ll be outclassed on his feet.

Prediction: Diaz by Decision 

 

Junios dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

Davis: Truthfully speaking, I think dos Santos is going to be able to out strike Miocic and get an early KO, but I do believe that Miocic has the potential to prove me wrong.  Miocic has excellent striking, excellent size and excellent speed and a victory over dos Santos puts him into immediate title contention.  Still, I think dos Santos is still the second best heavyweight in the world and will continue to prove that with a victory over Miocic.

Prediction: dos Santos by KO, Round 2

Derr: Remember that time Miocic got flattened by Stefan Struve? I sure do. Not only do I remember, but it’s progressed to prove that Miocic isn’t as unbreakable as some believed. He’ll meet one of the most vicious strikers in the history of the sport. Miocic doesn’t hold too many advantages in this one, not to mention dos Santos is as durable as they come. Could dos Santos move towards a fourth showdown with Velasquez? Probably not for a while, but he’ll do enough to get back in the win column as a devastating loss to Velasquez.

Prediction: dos Santos by KO, Round 4

 

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