UFC 252: Miocic vs Cormier 3 – Tips & Preview

Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier, Heavyweight, Main Event
Cormier to Win $1.91

We’ve got a pretty epic main event here, with two excellent Heavyweights duking it out in the rubber match.

The oddsmakers couldn’t separate these two men, with both opening at even $1.91 odds.

Miocic enters this one with an impressive 19-3 career record, including a win over DC last time out.

He has been in excellent form since 2015, going on an impressive 7-1 run against some strong competition.

Known for his elite power and striking ability, 19 of his wins have come by way of KO.

Daniel Cormier has probably had the more storied career of the two, going 22-2-1 to date and 10-2-1 in the UFC.

He has won both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight titles, with defeats to Jon Jones and Stipe the only black marks on his career.

He is also the more versatile of the two, claiming 10 knockouts, 5 submissions, and 7 decision victories thus far.

While I’d love to see a Miocic win here, I can’t help but feel as though Cormier gets the job done.

He is probably at a slight disadvantage on the feet, but he has a huge edge if this fight goes to the ground.

I expect him to go for the clinch early and often, looking for the takedown wherever possible.

If he can withstand the early Miocic onslaught, I like his chances in this one.

Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera, Bantamweight, Co-Main
O'Malley by Points

O’Malley enters this contest as the very comfortable $1.30 favourite, with Vera way out at $3.50.

O’Malley boasts a flawless career record so far, going 12-0 overall and 3-0 in the UFC.

He has excellent hands for a Bantamweight, recording 8 knockouts and 3 decision wins so far.

This is definitely the highest profile fight of his career, competing in the co-main of a big UFC event.

Hailing from Ecuador, Vera enters this contest with a strong 15-6-1 career record.

He was on an impressive 5-fight win streak, before losing by decision last time out.

Known for being an excellent finisher, he has 5 knockouts and 7 submissions to his credit already.

I like O’Malley to win this contest, with decision being the most likely method in my opinion.

He has a strong advantage on the feet and has shown impressive takedown defence instincts.

Vera has shown a high skill-level and strong chin that should ultimately prevent a knockout here.

Junior dos Santos vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Heavyweight
Rozenstruik by KO/Points

This fight appeals to me more than the Co-Main, with Rozenstruik as the $1.65 favourite and Dos Santos the $2.25 outsider.

Rozenstruik has had an accomplished start to his career, going 9-1 through his first 10 fights.

He started out 4-0 in the UFC, including wins over Arlovski and Overeem, before a knockout loss to Ngannou last time out.

Known primarily for his power and striking ability, 9 of his 10 wins have come by way of knockout.

Dos Santos is a veteran of the sport and the division, sporting a 21-7 career record.

His performances have dipped in recent years, going 6-6 in his last 12 and losing to Ngannou and Blaydes in his last two.

He also possesses supreme knockout power, with 15 of his wins thus far coming by knockout.

I like the matchup for Rozenstruik here as I believe he’s essentially a better version of the same fighter archetype.

He is the stronger of these two fighters on the feet and I don’t think Dos Santos necessarily wants to go to the ground.

This represents a huge opportunity for Rozenstruik on a big card and I ultimately think he gets the knockout here.