Hell, we know Cormier can take anybody down if his timing is right. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is excited to finally have a new No. Granted, he knocked a dude out in his last fight, but still. (Prediction: Sean O’Malley), Ed Carbajal: O’Malley has the reach advantage to go along with his confidence coming from winning and the promotional push by the UFC. A storybook ending is in play for Cormier and win or lose, he goes down as one of the best to ever do it. For now, you can imagine both fighters are focused entirely on the 25 minutes of competition that awaits them tonight. He will also be faster to avoid the power shot. This is more of a reckoning than a squash match.

UFC 252 Odds, Picks, and Predictions – Miocic vs Cormier 3, Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1 Odds & Predictions – Oct 21. Meanwhile, a full 130 pounds south, “Sugar” Sean O’Malley attempts to cement his mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar status against Marlon “Chito” Vera, who’s ended eight Octagon bouts inside the distance and never once been dropped in the process. When: Saturday, Aug. 15. “The Blaze” will have two inches of height and four inches of reach on Daniel Pineda (26-13). I’m fascinated to see what Dvalishvili and his team come up with to solve Dodson, but for now I’m leaning towards the veteran earning a decision win. The five-fight pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Even so, Burns will find a way to get this one to the ground and if he has any time to work at all, he’s going to break Pineda’s submission-less stretch. I side with Merab getting it done by decision just like his past four outings.

So which way will things go this time? Now that Dos Santos’ chin can no longer keep him afloat in firefights, he’ll have to play matador with “Bigi Boy” despite failing to show an ability to do so in years. Click through to read our staff's main card predictions and be sure to leave your own in the comments. The one we have willingly threw a right hand against Francis Ngannou so ugly it nearly spun him 180 degrees and left him wide open for the finish. 265 lbs. John Dodson is a prime example of what happens when an extremely gifted and hard-working fighter fails to ever evolve. A competitor like him absolutely learns from his mistakes and I think he corrects the last one at UFC 252. His efforts earned him a spot in PFL’s 2019 season, which saw him knock out tournament favorite Movlid Khaybulaev and choke out UFC vet Jeremy Kennedy before a failed drug test erased his efforts.

Two of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history are set to square off for the third time in the main event of UFC 252 when Stipe Miocic faces Daniel Cormier. fell through after “The Hulk” tested positive for COVID. This may go to the judges, but I think the smart pick is with Burns. If Miocic beats Cormier again, he adds to a resume that arguably already has him positioned as the heavyweight G.O.A.T.

A return to form could make this fight look completely different from meetings one and two. This Saturday evening (Aug. 15) in Las Vegas, reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic once again locks horns with the inimitable Daniel Cormier in an effort to determine the baddest man on the planet. (Prediction: Sean O’Malley), Andrew Ravens: I know the young prospects have been losing as of late but O’Malley is a special kid and has a bright future ahead of him. One big difference to look out for in this third matchup is how much Cormier utilizes his wrestling. His KO power isn’t what it was when he was a flyweight, but he remains one of the peskiest strikers in the bantamweight division and Dvalishvili has never faced anyone like him. (Prediction: Stipe Miocic), Fernando Quiles Jr: The “Sugar” show has quite the test ahead of him in Marlon Vera. However, all of Dodson’s losses are by decision which means it’s hard not to pick Dvalishvili. UFC 252 Predictions, Preview, And Analysis, © Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC. In the co-main event, rising bantamweight phenom Sean O'Malley steps under his brightest lights yet to take on tough contender Marlon Vera. Dodson’s recent difficulties have come against strikers able to outwork, out-reach, or out-technique him. (Prediction: Sean O’Malley), Fernando Quiles Jr: Jairzinho Rozenstruik has a chance to show that he’s viable in the UFC’s heavyweight division with his bout against Junior dos Santos.

This weekend’s UFC 252 – which will take place at Las Vegas’ UFC APEX facility – marks the trilogy bout between two legends. Now two of the best heavyweights in MMA history meet in a fight that could determine which of the impressive specimens will be hailed by future generations as the best UFC heavyweight ever. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic takes on former two-division champ Daniel Cormier in a trilogy capper that will help future historians define which fighter deserves to be listed as the best heavyweight champion ever.

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Now that I’ve got that out of my system, here’s why he’s still got a chance here.

Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Truly, Cormier is a living legend, and on his best day, I’d pick him to defeat any heavyweight who ever walked this Earth. Alexander Volkanovski welcomes new contender in Brian Ortega: ‘Finally we have some direction in this division’. To check out the latest and greatest UFC 252: “Miocic vs. Cormier 3” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Anti-Trump Protesters Pretend to Eat Bloodied Heart of President, Burn American Flag, Chipotle is killing one of customers' favorite ways to get free food. Can he catch Dodson and impose his will? night (Aug. 15, 2020) at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. ET and continuing on ESPN+/ESPN at 8 p.m. This won’t be easy but O’Malley gets it done. The last fight, Cormier got caught with body shots that turned the tide but before that he was winning. If he unleashed the wrestling he occasionally showed off in the past or the crushing leg kicks that, by Stipe Miocic’s own admission, had the latter partially compromised after just half a round, he’d have a real chance of scoring a career-saving upset. Lofty praise, for sure, and it gives you an idea of the mind set that Burns brings into the cage. I have no doubt that Cormier will attempt to follow his game plan far better than the rematch with Miocic. Pineda is no slouch either coming from the PFL’s seasonal format. While he’s waiting for one of those golden opportunities, however, he’ll be dealing with a nonstop frenzy of takedown attempts, and even his notoriously stout defensive wrestling and scrambling abilities aren’t up to the task of dissuading Dvalishvili from constantly getting in on his hips.

Miocic came into that fight as the favorite, primarily because he’d defeated the monstrous Francis Ngannou just a few months earlier.

Merab Dvalishvili (-180): Dvalishvili should be able to use his wrestling to grind out a win over Dodson.

I see the first two rounds going Cormier’s way before Miocic starts to take over and eventually finishes the fight.

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