UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is all set to defend his title against Daniel Cormier in a trilogy in the main event of UFC 252.
The fight is taking place at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.
It is one of the most anticipated trilogies of all time in the UFC and both fighters are 1-1 heading into this third fight. The pair fought for the first time at UFC 226 back in 2018 and in that fight, Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first round.
The rematch took place at UFC 241 in August of 2019 and this time around, Miocic made adjustments and even after losing the opening rounds, he made a comeback later in the fight and started hammering Cormier with body shots and ultimately knocked him out in the fourth round to regain the title.
Daniel Cormier reveals his gameplan ahead of UFC 252 fight
Daniel Cormier has been vocal about his gameplan heading into this fight. He has previously stated that he was going to put his wrestling game on display.
However, at UFC 252 press conference, he made it clear that he can stand and trade with Miocic as well if the situation arises.
“Now, the easiest path for me is to try and take him down and hold him down. When I got the takedown the first time, I held him there for about three minutes. But, it takes energy to do that. But, I just don’t want to take him down, I want to fight him,” Daniel Cormier said at the UFC 252 pre-fight press conference.
“I like punching him in the face, it is fun, I enjoy it, his head just kind of stays there. So, I like punching him, so, I’m going to punch him, I’m going to wrestle him, I’m going to do everything. I think everybody talks about, oh you are an Olympic level wrestler just go take this dude down. Dude knows how to wrestle, I felt it immediately when I grabbed his leg.
“I understand he has the skills to defend takedowns, he took me down. It is not as simple as I just go take him down,” Daniel Cormier continued. “But, I do believe if I can get to his legs and extend the wrestling sequences then I will come out on top. I feel like I can do that against anyone. But, I just want to fight him, like I don’t want to just wrestle him, I want to fight him, too.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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