Daniel Cormier’s 24-fight career has all built to this a third fight with Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title before he retires from MMA.
Will Daniel Cormier ride off into the sunset with gold around his waist? Will Stipe Miocic defend his title from the UFC legend who’s on his way out the door? We’ll find out on Saturday at a can’t-miss UFC 252 from Las Vegas.
This is rubber match in the electric Cormier vs. Miocic trilogy and Cormier’s last fight before he hangs up the gloves for good. The stars are aligning for a fight that will be remembered for years to come.
This is anyone’s fight to win. The UFC odds had Cormier as a slight favourite at -125 last week, while Miocic was at -105, but now the main event’s listed as a -115 pick ’em.
Daniel Cormier UFC Odds
While both fighters have much at stake come, it can be argued that Daniel Cormier has more to lose out in the octagon. As mentioned, there’s no new quest for the belt if Miocic were to defend it from him. Cormier’s 24-fight career has all built to this. The heavyweight has only lost twice, once to John Jones and again the last time he met Stipe Miocic in the octagon. This fight gives Cormier the chance to go after one of his white whales, one last time. Cormier hasn’t seen a fight go the distance since 2016 when he beat Anderson Silva via decision, and Cormier has said he’ll lean more on his wrestling advantage in this bout. That’s something he got away from last time.
Stipe Miocic UFC Odds
Stipe Miocic finds himself in a similar do-or-die spot come August 15th. While this fight is likely not to be his last, at 37 years of age the clock is ticking on Miocic’s career. This fight, against a legend like Cormier, stands to be one of the most important bouts of his esteemed career. Miocic has the opportunity to put Cormier to bed, once and for all. The momentum is on Stipe’s side, having won the second match against Cormier. In the UFC 241 main event, Miocic showed great resilience against a Cormier who came out of the gate strong. In Round 1, Cormier manhandled Miocic. In Rounds 2 and 3, Miocic showed his chin by eating shot after shot. In the fourth round Miocic put his dangerous reputation on display by sending Cormier into the fence with an onslaught of punches, ending the fight.
UFC 252 Predictions: Miocic vs Cormier 3
If Cormier wins, it’s by a finish in the early rounds. Miocic’s chin will be enough to survive the initial onslaught. Back the younger Miocic by finish in the championship rounds.