In Greek mythology there once was a three headed dog that dominated everything in its’ path known as Cerebus. The UFC just made a three headed monster announcement involving 6 well known heavyweights all competing on the same card.
Some are on rolls, others want to make statements and the rest could be fighting for their career. Five of the six combatants that have recently been scheduled can be found in the top 15 of the UFC Heavyweight division.
The first bout mentioned will headline UFC on Fox 13 and will more than likely determine who is next in line for the belt. The following two will be on that same card in Phoenix, Arizona on December 13th.
The main event will feature the number 2 contender Junior Dos Santos (16-3) taking on the 4th ranked Stipe Miocic (12-1). Stipe is 6-1 in his UFC tenure with his only loss coming by way of TKO in the second at UFC on Fuel 5 against another man competing on the card, Stefan Struve (25-6). However he bounced back to win his last 3 and in his last outing he knocked out Fabio Maldonado in Brazil in only 35 tics off the clock.
Junior hasn’t tasted the cage in almost a year, losing his last fight for the belt against current champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 166.
In what will appear to serve as the co-main event of the evening will be former Strikeforce Heavyweight champion and 11th ranked Alistair Overeem (37-14) taking on the “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (25-6) who comes in ranked at 14. Overeem will try not to fall to 1-4 in his last 5 and start quick and end quicker when he usually starts fast and gets his jaw jacked. In his most recent fight he fell to “Big Ben” Rothwell in the first round at UFC Fight Night 50.
Stefan Struve is also looking to rebound after winning 4 in a row but having his hype train derailed by the super Samoan Mark Hunt. Hunt defeated Stefan at UFC on Fuel TV 8 via 3rd round TKO.
The third bout that the UFC unveiled in the heavyweight division on the card will be an up and comer taking on a withered warrior and former number 1 contender. The 11th ranked Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga (16-8) hasn’t had his shot at UFC gold in 7 years. He will now have a chance to move up the ranks when he takes on “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (8-3).
Gonzaga had won two in a row but in his last outing he dropped a unanimous decision to the card’s main eventer Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fox 10. The last time Gonzaga fought for the division’s belt it was against now retired “The Natural” Randy Couture.
“Meathead” made short work of his last advisory Derrick Lewis by knocking him out in 40 seconds at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 50 bringing him his 7th knockout in 8 fights in the UFC.