One of the first sports to return to action on the midst of the pandemic, the UFC has really set the bar on how things should be done safely. They are basically now down to 2 specific locations when it comes to their events, including the fight island that will host the next upcoming bouts. They are also using the Apex Fight Center in Las Vegas, which is where we will see the next big title fight, which is now very much on the horizon. We are now a little less than a month away from the Miocic Vs Cormier heavyweight title fight, which is set to go in Sin City on August 15. As of now, the official UFC website lists 4 fights on the main card, but keep an eye on that, as things may yet change. For now, let’s take a closer look at those 4 bouts so you can plan ahead your bets against their MMA odds.
UFC 252: Miocic Vs Cormier 3 Fight Preview
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba
This is actually the second meeting between these two light heavyweights, with their February bout from this year ending a little controversially. Ankalaev won that one with a first round TKO after looking as though he had wobbled Cutelaba with a couple of big blows. Once the fight was over, Cutelaba was enraged and looked far from out on his feet, with the suggestion being that he was faking being wobbled in order to draw his opponent in. Watching it back, he does initially look rattled, which is why I am on Ankalaev to win again, although perhaps not as quickly this time out.
Sean O’Malley Vs Marlon Vera
We have what looks to be a beauty with the second fight on the main card, a bantamweight bout between unbeaten Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera. O’Malley is now a perfect 12-0, and while this is already his 3rd fight of the year, he has not actually spent a lot of time in the Octagon, with both of his 2020 fights ending in first round KO’s. Marlon Vera is looking to bounce back after seeing his 5-fight win streak come to an end with a controversial loss to Song Yadong. I think he is up against it here, though, as I like O’Malley to end this one quickly.
Junior Dos Santos Vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
This is a great looking fight between a pair of heavyweights looking to get back to winning ways after bad defeats. Dos Santos is actually looking to bounce back from back to back KO losses, the first time in his career that he has lost two straight fights. Rozenstruik took the first loss of his pro career the last time he stepped into the Octagon, lasting just 20 second before being put down by Francis Ngannou. This is one that might well go the distance and I am giving the bod to Dos Santos.
Stipe Miocic Vs Daniel Cormier
Any great athlete would love to go out of their sport in a big way and on their own terms. Daniel Cormier, who will be stepping into the Octagon for the final time in this fight, has an opportunity to do just that. He beat Miocic in their first ever meeting back in 2018, but then lost in a 4th round TKO in their last meeting. Miocic will be looking to defend his title and send Cormier off into the sunset with a defeat, which is exactly what I think will happen. I have Miocic winning this in the later rounds.
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