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UFC 252: Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy winner will be ‘best heavyweight ever’


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UFC 252: Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy winner will be ‘best heavyweight ever’

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier’s previous two meetings were both won by knockoutUFC president Dana White says whoever wins Saturday’s trilogy clash at UFC 252 will be the “best heavyweight ever” in mixed martial arts.Stipe Miocic and fellow American Daniel Cormier, 41, meet for the heavyweight title for a third time in Las Vegas.Miocic, 37,…

UFC 252: Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy winner will be ‘best heavyweight ever’
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier’s previous 2 meetings were both won by knockout

UFC president Dana White says whoever wins Saturday’s trilogy clash at UFC 252 will be the “finest heavyweight ever” in mixed martial arts.

Stipe Miocic and fellow American Daniel Cormier, 41, fulfill for the heavyweight title for a third time in Las Vegas.

Miocic, 37, lost the belt in 2018 before winning it back in 2019, with both fights won by knockout.

” It’s the best trilogy,” said White. “You don’t see heavyweights go at it the way they have in the first 2.”

Cormier declared a first-round knockout at UFC 226 to end up being a two-weight world champ and was controling their second clash at UFC 241.

Then Miocic changed his method to attacking Cormier’s body, which led to a remarkable fourth-round knockout.

” Cormier catches him with that shot in the first fight then in the second he was lighting Stipe up with some huge shots,” White added.

” But he goes back to the corner, they make some modifications, and to come out and do what Stipe did, you see that things in the movies.”

Cormier intends to retire on a high

Cormier, who was light heavyweight champion prior to stepping up a department to face Miocic in 2018, shares a professional record of 22 -2.

And the former wrestler hopes to end his career on a high having said he will retire after this fight.

” Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl in his last season,” stated the 2004 Olympian. “Michael Jordan won with the [Chicago] Bulls – regrettably he returned, I will not.

” When I win on Saturday, I will retire that method. It would put me in the same sphere as some of the biggest athletes in any sport.”

Miocic objectives to make his 4th title defence and has a 19 -3 record, with the loss to Cormier his only defeat in his last 8 fights, returning to 2014.

” Getting that belt back was everything but we have actually got incomplete organisation,” he stated. “I’ve got no ill will towards the man. He’s going to retire and I want absolutely nothing however the best for him.”

‘ Welcome to the Sugar Program’

Sean O'Malley punches Eddie Wineland during their fight at UFC 250
Sean O’Malley claimed a first-round knockout against Eddie Wineland at UFC 250 in June

The co-main occasion sees rising bantamweight star ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley face Ecuador’s Marlon Vera in a “striker versus grappler match-up”.

The unbeaten American, 25, sees ‘Chito’ Vera as his “most difficult fighter to date”, with the 27- year-old having never ever been ended up throughout a 15 -6 career.

” With that stated, I’ll probably still drop him preliminary,” added O’Malley, who is 12 -0 with eight knockouts.

” He has a lots of experience however whenever I battle somebody, they’ve never combated someone like me.”

O’Malley gotten ready for the battle by dying his hair the colours of the Ecuador flag however stated it was “a sign of regard” rather than an effort to “get in his head”.

The primary card includes former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos of Brazil taking on Suriname’s Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Both are ranked top 6 and train at the same fitness center in Florida, with different coaches.

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