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UFC 211 results: Stipe Miocic knocks out Junior dos Santos in first round

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Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The first meeting between Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos went the full 25 minutes.

The second time around was a considerably shorter affair.

Miocic, who was left limping by a brutal early kick to the shin, landed a huge right hand in the opening round of their UFC heavyweight title main event on Saturday night at UFC 211.

A series of left hands to the grounded dos Santos ended things via KO at the 2:22 mark of the opening round at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

With the victory, Miocic not only retained his championship, but he also avenged a unanimous decision loss in Dec. 2014. The Cleveland native became just the fourth fighter to successfully defend the 265-belt twice in the belt’s two-decade history, joining Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, and Cain Velasquez.

A limping Miocic, who has won five straight fights, all via KO, since the loss to dos Santos, admitted the kicks stung.

“It was terrible,” he said. “It hurt.”

But by avenging one of his two career losses, Miocic feels he’s silenced any remaining doubters.

“I’m the best,” he said. “I’m the best in the world.”

Dos Santos (18-5) has now dropped two out of his past three fights and is 4-4 in his past eight.