UFC heavyweight champion of the world Stipe Miocic is set to take on former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 252 scheduled to take place the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Stipe Miocic lost the first fight in July of 2018 via the first-round knockout and then he avenged his loss by knocking out Cormier in the rematch in August of 2019 via TKO in the fourth round.
Now both fighters are 1-1 heading into the trilogy and this time around the Octagon size is much smaller than their previous two-bouts. The fights are taking place in UFC Apex facility that has smaller 25-foot Octagon as opposed to the 30-foot Octagon that fans have been previously treated to.
The smaller Octagon will heavily favour Cormier and Stipe has already objected to it and has complained to the UFC officials before, but to no avail.
“A bigger cage is better of course,” Stipe Miocic said to ESPN. “It is what it is. I’m not going to cry about it. I definitely tried to get a bigger cage, but it wasn’t in the cards. What are you gonna do? I’m not worried. My [gym’s] cage is the same size, and I’ve been working on everything.”
While the smaller cage isn’t of any use to Stipe Miocic, the Louisiana native has been vocal about utilising the smaller cage and stated that he is going to be utilising lots of takedowns in the fight.
“I love fighting at the APEX,” Cormier said on DC & Helwani Show. “That old leg is gonna be right in front of me to grab. I’ll be like Curtis Blaydes. If you want to see a 25-minute stand-up fight, that’s not what you’re getting. I hope Stipe has his wrestling shoes, because with the small cage, single-leg, single-leg, single-leg, single-leg, wrestling. It is what it is. Sorry.”
Stipe Miocic warns Daniel Cormier: ‘Every fight starts standing, don’t forget that’
While Cormier has made his intentions clear about utilising the smaller cage to shoot for the takedowns, Miocic warned that the fight always starts standing up.
“There are a lot more angles and stuff, and getting pushed against the cage, you don’t have that extra five feet. We’ve definitely been training wrestling more,” Stipe Miocic concluded. “He said to bring my wrestling shoes. He’ll definitely try to wrestle me, but every fight starts standing, don’t forget that. We’ll see. Take me down then. We’re wrestling? I thought we were fighting.” (H/ T – BJPenn.com)
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