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.
Fans are conflicted as to who the chose in this trilogy bout and even the oddsmaker have had a hard time making odds for this fight. UFC 252 Odds for Cormier vs Stipe 3 are as follows: Daniel Cormier is an extremely slight betting favourite (-120) over Stipe Miocic (-105).
Stipe Miocic says the winner becomes the heavyweight GOAT
While fans have had a hard time figuring out who the winner is going to be, what they aren’t confused about, is the fact that the winner of the trilogy will cement his legacy as the ‘Best heavyweight of all time’.
“Definitely. I believe so,” Stipe Miocic said when asked if the winner will be considered the best heavyweight of all time in a interview with Damon Martin of MMAFighting. “I think we’ve done so much. Unfortunately for him, it’s going to be me.”
Stipe Miocic also made it clear that he will be gunning for an early KO, but he has prepared himself for a five-round war.
“Hell yeah, a knockout’s the way to go,” he said. “End the night early, come out of there unscathed. Listen, I’m definitely going for a knockout. If it goes five rounds, it goes five rounds, I really don’t care. I’m going to get that win. That’s legit all I care about.”
“I’ve got no bad blood towards him. Not at all. I’m going out with the belt around my waist but I’ll definitely shake his hand say it was a hell of a time.” Stipe Miocic concluded.
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