UFC 252 Live Stream :This Will be the third time the couple have faced off against one another with the UFC heavyweight title at stake, and there’s an argument to be made that this fight will determine who’s the greatest ever in that weight category. Cormier got the better of Miocic using a first round KO throughout their initial encounter. Miocic got his revenge in the next fight after brutalizing Cormier with body shots at a fourth round TKO.
Who’ll win in the rubber match? It is incredibly tricky to predict.
Oddsmakers agree. And, despite being basically a coin toss between these two world class heavyweights, I’m picking Cormier. Both are capable of knocking out the other, but Cormier’s a former Olympic wrestler and while he chose to use his wrestling racket at the first two fights, he’s openly stated he plans to wrestle from the next fight. That’s bad news for Miocic, who had been taken down and largely held there for the vast majority of the initial round in their final fight.
Past the main event, UFC 252 includes a couple of compelling fights. Rising star Sean O’Malley faces against Marlon Vera — let’s see whether that hype train keeps on rolling. Junior Dos Santos takes on Jairzinho Rozenstruik at a conflict between two of the heavyweight division’s hardest hitters. Those fights alone make UFC 252 worth tuning in for.
We’ve reached the midway stage of UFC 252 fight week. Today (Wednesday, August 12th) is your digital media day for all those featured fighters on the card.
You can watch the live stream at the peak of the page starting at 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT.
There Is another energy present if the heavyweight title is at stake, which will certainly be felt this Saturday at Las Vegas. Adding to the second is Cormier’s insistence that this will be the final fight of his storied career, though there is loads of reason to feel he will return to the Octagon if he regains the title.
Cormier Won the first meeting against Miocic in convincing fashion two summers ago, Miocic evened the score this past year, and the headline of UFC 252 will conclude the trilogy.
In addition to looking at the Primary event, here are the top questions entering UFC 252:
Who has the advantage entering Cormier-Miocic III?
Even in age 41, Daniel Cormier gets the benefit stepping to the cage Saturday against 37-year-old Stipe Miocic.
Cormier (22–two, 1 NC) controlled the majority of the first three rounds in his last fight against Miocic (19–3), but he had been exhausted by the fourth round. Cormier was not in the state he had to be in order to win this fight, and his overconfidence stemmed largely from an overwhelmingly easy first round knockout in their first meeting. Miocic will look to extend the fight and put on down Cormier, but cardio is not likely to be a major deterrent this time for Cormier.
Miocic Has more holes in his game to expose. Cormier’s capacity to use all his tools and bully opponents makes him so unique from the cage. Miocic should strike until Cormier drops his hands again, but a healthy Cormier’s unrelenting pressure should be too much to endure. This will be a a war of attrition, which favors Cormier. Ultimately, Cormier must complete the fight by strikes, though we ought to have a lengthy fight in our palms.
Shane O’Malley is about to enter uncharted territory.
fighter. He’s tough, durable, and he has an impressive submission repertoire. He could stand-and-bang and trade with O’Malley.
The 25-year-old O’Malley needs this fight to prove he’s the real deal. The biggest name he has fought thus much is Eddie Wineland at June at UFC 250, but age and lengthy time-off between fights have left Wineland another fighter than he was. Vera is the actual deal, and he had been riding a five-fight win beef before suffering a loss to Yadong Song in May.
This really is a fight O’Malley desperately needs to attain stardom, But this has upset written all over it. If this extends into the third or second round, it will be very interesting to observe how O’Malley fares.
Can Jairzinho Rozenstruik reignite his meteoric rise?
Jairzinho Rozenstruik appeared dominant in his first 10 wins, and then fulfilled reality in the kind of Francis Ngannou’s fists at UFC 249 in May.
Rozenstruik (10–1) now seeks to reattain that abbreviated form contrary to Junior dos Santos at a battle of heavyweights. Dos Santos (21–7) has dropped his past two fights, either by TKO, however he is a still a huge threat and remains one of the best five boxers in the UFC. He is old now at 36, but this is a good matchup for him as a gatekeeper of the heavyweight division.
In case Rozenstruik wins, he proves he’s an upper echelon
What else does the most important card need to offer?
Two other bouts At the lower weight classes are also slated for Saturday. John Dodson meets Merab Dvalishvili in bantamweight action, along with a featherweight fight pitting Herbert Burns against Daniel Pineda.
Dvalishvili (11–4) is the preferred, and for good reason. Dodson (21–11) is approaching the twilight of his career, so it’s a prime matchup for Dvalishvili. This, however, is not a fight that will move the needle on the card, nor does it have long term implications for the division.
Burns vs. Pineda, however, has Both featherweights ought to be volatile, banging and standing open the card. Each is four wins away from competition, but a win here will result in some appealing matchups.
Will this be Daniel Cormier’s final fight?
Retiring atop the profession is every fighter’s fantasy, but few see it become a reality.
Henry Cejudo recently hailed as a UFC double winner, but that retirement is more of a negotiating tactic. And though Cormier is authentic about retirement, it’ll be nearly impossible to end his career without the closing necessary found at a final fight against Jon Jones.
If Cormier defeats Miocic and wins the heavyweight title, the sole Fight he’ll take is one against Jones. Although Jones was reluctant to move to the heavyweight division, this match-up is overly appealing for either fighter to diminish.
Jones-Cormier is a big money fight, And there’s additional incentive for each fighter. It provides Cormier the closed he attempts, finishing his legendary career with a victory against his longtime nemesis. For Jones, the prospect of beating Cormier (again) at a big cash, mainstream fight, with the extra caveat of sending Cormier to retirementis an offer that he can’t deny.
If Miocic wins, his second competitor is Francis Ngannou. But this Saturday is a favorable match-up for Cormier, and one more fight against Jones is just too big to not happen next.
Fighters rarely ever retire while at the peak of the game, and that will continue this Saturday when Cormier seems victorious.
This Saturday evening (Aug. 15) at Las Vegas, reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic once more locks horns with the inimitable Daniel Cormier in a bid to determine the baddest man on the planet.
Meanwhile, a full 130 pounds south,”Sugar” Sean O’Malley Tries to cement his mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar status against Marlon”Chito” Vera, who’s finished eight Octagon bouts inside the distance rather than been dropped in the process.
The PPV primary card also features two of the Heaviest-handed men in the sport trading leather as Junior Dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik attempt to rebound from recent defeats at one another’s cost, plus inhuman takedown system Merab Dvalishvili in an intriguing stylistic conflict against John Dodson.
That fight is currently scheduled for August 29th, leaving former”Prelims” competition between Herbert Burns and Daniel Pineda to take its place.
Our usual main card man social distanced himself right Off an inconveniently placed cliff, so this storied job falls to me Once again. As always, our thinly sliced preliminary card appetizers are Here and here, although our gambling apéritif can be found here.