Venue: UFC APEX, City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Date: Saturday, August 15 , 2020 / 8:00 PM CS
UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on August 15, 2020 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
With the score tied one apiece, Daniel Cormier will compete in the final fight of his storied combat sports career — with the UFC heavyweight title on the line — when “DC” tangles with reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic this August in “Sin City.”
Now that UFC 251 is in the books, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for its next star-studded pay-per-view (PPV) event. Indeed, UFC 252 featuring a heavily-anticipated championship trilogy fight between Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, against former “champ-champ,” Daniel Cormier, in what will be “DC’s” final MMA fight.
The promotion was initially targeting another event to take place on this date at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. However, the organization confirmed in June that the Dublin card was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A UFC Heavyweight Championship trilogy between current two-time champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Daniel Cormier (also former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion) is expected to serve as the event headliner. The pairing first met at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 where then light heavyweight champion Cormier knocked Miocic out in the first round to capture the heavyweight title. Their second meeting took place at UFC 241 on August 17, 2019 where Miocic got his revenge via fourth-round knockout.
A bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar was briefly linked to UFC 251. However, promotion officials elected to schedule the pairing four days later for UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige. On July 6, it was announced that the bout between Munhoz and Edgar was scrapped due to Munhoz testing positive for COVID-19. They were later rescheduled for this event.
A light heavyweight rematch between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cuțelaba is expected to take place at this event. The pairing first met at UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo, where Ankalaev won via controversial knockout. The bout was originally expected to take place at UFC 249's original April 9 date. However, Ankalaev was forced to pull out from the event due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Official Fight Card
|Heavyweight||Stipe Miocic (c)||def.||Daniel Cormier||Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 49–46, 48–47)||5||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Marlon Vera||def.||Sean O’Malley||TKO (elbows and punches)||1||4:40|
|Heavyweight||Jairzinho Rozenstruik||def.||Junior dos Santos||TKO (punches)||2||3:47|
|Catchweight (149.5 lb)||Daniel Pineda||def.||Herbert Burns||TKO (elbows)||2||4:37|
|Bantamweight||Merab Dvalishvili||def.||John Dodson||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Lightweight||Vinc Pichel||def.||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Virna Jandiroba||def.||Felice Herrig||Submission (armbar)||1||1:44|
|Catchweight (146.5 lb)||Daniel Chavez||def.||TJ Brown||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Lívia Renata Souza||def.||Ashley Yoder||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Early Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)|
|Heavyweight||Chris Daukaus||def.||Parker Porter||TKO (punches and knee)||1||4:28|
|Featherweight||Kai Kamaka III||def.||Tony Kelley||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
UFC 252 card and results
- Stipe Miocic (c) def. Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
- Marlon Vera def. Sean O'Malley via first-round TKO (punches, elbows)
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior dos Santos via second-round TKO (punches)
- Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns via second-round TKO (elbows)
- Merab Dvalishvili def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Vinc Pichel def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
- Virna Jandiroba def. Felice Herrig via first-round submission (armbar)
- Danny Chavez def. TJ Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Livia Renata Souza def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Chris Daukaus def. Parker Porter via first-round TKO (punches)
- Kai Kamaka def. Tony Kelley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.