Miocic: It’s not going to last five rounds

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Defending UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is feeling confident ahead of the fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 this weekend.

The duo have met once before in a non-title clash, where both fighters survived a bruising five rounds and dos Santos earned a unanimous decision win in December 2014.

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This time, however, Miocic predicts the fight will not go the distance.

"I'm getting better every fight," the American told MMA Junkie.

"I don't care, if I'm getting my hands on him, it's not going to last five rounds."

And his motivation? Even though Miocic has eclipsed the loss with four consecutive wins – including a title defence against the dangerous Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 – the result still stings.

"Unfortunately, he beat me last time, which kills me inside," continued the 34-year-old.

"But I want to thank him at the same time because it made me better."

Interestingly, a small piece of history is on the line on Saturday in Dallas. The UFC heavyweight belt has been notoriously difficult to hold onto and Miocic stands a chance at joining a select few to defending the belt twice consecutively. 

"If it happens, it happens," added Miocic, who would join Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia and Cain Velasquez if he wins on Saturday.

"I'm going to do it, but I'm not going to worry about it. I'm worried about him, the guy who beat me last time. If I keep winning, I'll have a legacy. But I'm not here to make a legacy – I'm here to win."