Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic - 8/15/20 UFC 252 Pick and Prediction
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Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier
Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:30 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Daniel Cormier -113 / Stipe Miocic -107 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic face off in a heavyweight showdown for the main event of UFC 252 at the UFX Apex in Las Vegas. There is a belt on the line in this fight. Miocic is the current champion while Cormier is ranked number one. These two fighters have fought twice before with Cormier winning the first fight and Miocic getting some revenge in the last game.
This seems like it will be Cormier’s last fight in the UFC, or that’s at least what he is telling everyone at this point. Before Cormier’s last loss against Miocic, he had won three fights in a row with all three wins winning him the belt. In Cormier’s last fight he actually looked to be in the fight, but he got complacent and it let Miocic back into the fight. Each of Cormier’s last six fights have ended before the final bell.
Two of Cormier’s last three wins have come by knockout with the first win coming against Miocic coming by submission. Cormier comes into this fight averaging 4.25 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.75 significant strikes per minute. Cormier is also averaging 1.95 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and 0.5 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
Stipe Miocic comes into this fight with a 19-3 record overall and coming into this fight he has won seven of his last eight fights. In the last fight Miocic didn’t give up against Cormier and in the fourth round, he was able to win the fight by knockout. In the last fight each of the guys had one takedown.
Miocic comes into this fight averaging 4.95 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.69 significant strikes per minute. Miocic likes to get the fight to the ground averaging 2.20 successful takedowns every 15 minutes but he is only successful on 37 percent of his attempts.
Cormier is the better fighter and he really shouldn’t have lost the last fight. In this fight, Cormier isn’t going to make the same mistakes and he will have no issue getting the job done. Back Cormier and for added value take Cormier to win by decision.