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Junior dos Santos angling for title fight with Stipe Miocic in Brooklyn

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It's the season for spending time with family and giving thanks — and for setting up fights?

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos sent current champ Stipe Miocic a warm message on Thanksgiving via his Twitter feed, wishing him a warm holiday. Yet he also set the table with a proposition to fight in the New Year.

Namely, a showdown at UFC 209, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 11.


Dos Santos was victorious his last time out in April against Ben Rothwell in Zagreb, Croatia, scoring a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 86. Overall he has won two of three, including a victory over Miocic himself. They met at UFC on FOX 13 in Dec. 2014, in what was a close — and brutal — battle.

Miocic defended the heavyweight title on Sept. 10 at UFC 203 in his native Cleveland against Alistair Overeem.