UFC 252 Preview – Miocic v Cormier 3

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UFC 252 will be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on August 16 (AEDT) and is headlined by a Heavyweight championship fight between current champ Stipe Miocic and former champ Daniel Cormier.

There is simply no way that this does not go down as an all-time classic.

Miocic and Cormier meet for the third time in their careers with the ledger currently split at one a peice.

Many believe this fight will end the debate of who is the greatest UFC Heavyweight of all time and it is hard to disagree with that sentiment.

The co-main event will see one of the UFC’s most exciting prospects, Sean O’Malley, taking on Marlon Vera in the Bantamweight division.

The undefeated O’Malley has been very active in 2020 and is coming off arguably the best KO we have season this year.

Our full UFC 252 Preview of every fight on the main card, as well as our betting suggestions, can be found here.

UFC 252 Main Card

Sunday, August 16 (12PM AEDT)

MAIN EVENT

Stipe Miocic Vs Daniel Cormier

UFC Heavyweight Title Fight

The third fight between two of the best Heavyweights we have ever seen walk into the Octagon.

Stipe Miocic under estimated Daniel Cormier in their first fight and he failed to adjust when being outboxed early in that fight.

He continued to walk forward and fight DC in the pocket and that mentality ultimately cost him the fight and his belt.

The same thing was happening in the second fight but to his credit, he made the adjustment and started working the body in the later rounds.

DC was continuing to use his hands to grab the back of Stipe’s head to force a clinch and this in turn opens him up to body shots.

The only time Stipe Miocic has lost in a title fight was against Cormier and he holds the record for most title defenses in UFC Heavyweight history.

For Stipe Miocic, he needs to be smarter than he has been and throw his combinations in order to use his reach advantage.

If you are of the opinion that Stipe Miocic now has DC worked out, think again.

Cormier is one of the greatest that we have ever seen and one of his main strengths is his Fight IQ and work ethic.

I think we will see Cormier go back to what he knows best, especially in the smaller cage, and use his wrestling a lot more.

I know both fights have not seen the distance but the value in this contest lies in a DC decision win.

And then he can ride off into the sunset.

Back Daniel Cormier To Win By Decision @ $4.75

CO MAIN EVENT

Sean O'Malley Vs Marlon Vera

UFC Bantamweight Division

We probably haven’t seen a hype train as big as Sean O’Malley’s since a young Irishman by the name of Conor McGregor came on to the scene.

He is young, brash and full of confidence and the best thing about him is that he has the skills and potential to back it up.

Let’s be honest here, he has fought nobodies to this stage in his career but it has been the way in which he has finished his opponents that has people excited.

His timing, speed and way he controls his distance makes him very dangerous and I’m glad he is getting the opportunity as the co-main event.

Marlon Vera is only 27 years old but he has had 27 fights!

His strength lies in his Muay Thai boxing and leg kicking and he is not afraid to stand in the booth and throw down.

He can not be taken lightly if the fight goes to the ground and his clinch work is very good.

This will be a very good test for O’Malley on the big stage and this is by far the hardest fight that he has taken.

He will not have as much space to move in the small octagon at the Apex and he will not have it all his own way but I think ultimately he does enough.

Back Sean O’Malley To Win By Decision @ $2.85

MAIN CARD

Junior dos Santos Vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

UFC Heavyweight Division

Junior dos Santos suffered his first back to back loss of his illustrious career when he was beaten by Curtis Blaydes in January.

He was Ko’d by Francis Ngannou in the first round in the fight previous to that and at 36 years of age, there are question marks hovering over his career at this point.

He comes up against another up and coming striker in Jairinho Rozenstruik who was the latest victim of Francis Ngannou’s power in May.

He suffered the first loss of his career when he was knocked out clean in round 1 at UFC 249.

Although Rozenstruik is only four years younger than JDS, he has only had the 11 fights and is far more durable at stage in his career.

I have my doubts about Rozenstruik though.

He has stepped up in class in his last two fights and his last two performances have been pretty poor.

He got pieced up against Alistair Overeem and was lucky it was five rounds.

JDS is a veteran and he offers a lot more value at their current prices and I think he is a much smarter bet.

Back Junior dos Santos To Win @ $2.20

John Dodson Vs Merab Dvalishvili

UFC Bantamweight Division

UFC Veteran John Dodson will take on Merab Dvalishvili in the Bantamweight divison.

Dodson has been in the UFC for nine years now and he comes into this fight having won two of his last five fights in the promotion.

His strength lies in his boxing and especially his counter punching and 10 of his 21 wins have come via knock out.

Merab Dvalishvili is a takedown machine who does his best work on the ground and in the clinch.

His stand up prowess should not be under estimated though and his striking compliments his wrestling very well.

He is not the prettiest fighter but he is very effective and I am of the opinion that Dodson has slowed up as he has gotten older (he is now 35).

Dvalishvili wears down his opponents with his endless pressure and I can see him winning a decision.

Back Merab Dvalishvili By Decision @ $1.70

Magomed Ankalaev Vs Ion Cutelaba

UFC Light Heavyweight Division

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UFC Lightweight Division

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UFC Lightweight Division

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