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UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3
Miocic vs. Cormier 3.jpeg
The poster for UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 15, 2020 (2020-08-15)
VenueUFC APEX
CityLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar

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.[1]

Background

The promotion was initially targeting another event to take place on this date at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.[2] However, the organization confirmed in June that the Dublin card was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Miocic (left) still holds the UFC heavyweight record of consecutive title defenses (three). Cormier (right) is the only fighter in UFC history to hold both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles simultaneously.

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.[4] The pairing first met at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 where Cormier, as the light heavyweight champion, returned to heavyweight and captured the title by knocking Miocic out in the first round.[5] Their second meeting took place at UFC 241 on August 17, 2019 where Miocic regained the belt and got his revenge via fourth-round knockout.[6]

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.[7] On July 6, it was announced that the bout between Munhoz and Edgar was scrapped due to Munhoz testing positive for COVID-19.[8] They were later rescheduled for this event.[9] In turn, promotion officials then elected to move the pairing again and it is now expected to take place a week later, as the main event of UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar.[10]

A light heavyweight rematch between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cuțelaba is expected to take place at this event.[11] The pairing first met at UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo, where Ankalaev won via controversial knockout.[12] The bout was originally expected to take place at UFC 249, on its original April 18 date. However, Ankalaev was forced to pull out of the event due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

Rogério Bontorin was expected to face promotional newcomer Manel Kape at the event. However, Bontorin pulled out of the fight on July 22 due to an ankle injury.[14] In turn, Kape announced his debut would be postponed and that he would not appear on the card either, also due to an ankle injury.[15]

Fight card

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Daniel Cormier [a]
Bantamweight Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera
Heavyweight Junior dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Bantamweight John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cuțelaba
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Lightweight Jim Miller vs. Vinc Pichel
Women's Strawweight Ashley Yoder vs. Lívia Renata Souza
Heavyweight Chris Daukaus vs. Parker Porter
Women's Strawweight Felice Herrig vs. Virna Jandiroba
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Featherweight Herbert Burns vs. Daniel Pineda
Featherweight T.J Brown vs. Daniel Chavez

[16]

Announced bouts

  • Heavyweight bout: Jorge Gonzalez vs. Isaac Villanueva[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ Troy L. Smith (2020-06-09). "Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier 3 set for UFC 252 in August". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  2. ^ Brian Campbell (2020-02-13). "UFC returning to Dublin for first time in five years with Fight Night event in August". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  3. ^ Newswire (2020-06-24). "UFC officially announces cancellation of Dublin show in August, plans return for 'near future'". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  4. ^ Kevin Iole (2020-06-09). "Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3 to headline UFC 252 on Aug. 15". au.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  5. ^ Adam Hill (2018-07-07). "Daniel Cormier ends Stipe Miocic's title reign at UFC 226". reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  6. ^ Dan Doherty (2019-08-18). "UFC 241 Results: Stipe Miocic reclaims title with unbelievable fourth-round KO". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  7. ^ Ross Markey (2020-06-16). "Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar moved to UFC event on July 15th". fightbookmma.com. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2020-07-06). "Pedro Munhoz tests positive for COVID-19, pulled from UFC 'Fight Island' bout with Frankie Edgar". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  9. ^ Nick Baldwin (2020-07-12). "Edgar-Munhoz rescheduled for UFC 252". thescore.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  10. ^ Raphael Marinho (2020-07-27). "Ultimate reschedules Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar for August 22 as the main event". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2020-07-27. (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Staff (2020-06-12). "Rematch after controversial first game between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cutelaba at UFC 252". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-12. (in Dutch)
  12. ^ Damon Martin (2020-02-29). "UFC Norfolk results: Magomed Ankalaev earns KO over Ion Cutelaba in highly controversial stoppage". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  13. ^ Damon Martin (2020-03-05). "Ion Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev re-booked for UFC 249 following controversial stoppage". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  14. ^ David Tees (2020-07-22). "Report: Rogerio Bontorin injured, off UFC 252". fightful.com. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  15. ^ Mike Heck (2020-07-29). "Manel Kape out of UFC 252 after suffering ankle injury, eyes October for debut". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  16. ^ "UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  17. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-07-30). "Jorge Gonzalez maakt UFC debuut tegen Ike Villanueva". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-07-30.