Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier – UFC 252 – The champion Stipe Miocic faces off against the former two-division champion Daniel Cormier on a fight in the heavyweight category of the UFC.
Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier –Stipe Miocic has a record of 19 victories and 3 losses on his professional career. He splits his victories between 15 by KO/TKO and by decision. His losses came 2 by KO/TKO and 1 by decision.
The American with Croatian origin Stipe Miocic has an athletic ability that’s very rarely seen in fighters from the heaviest weight category of the UFC.
Capable of maintaining the rhythm of the fight high for 5 rounds, rarely showing fatigue, Miocic is technically very complete, being able to change his strategy according ot the opponent, which means against expert fighters in the ground, Stipe maintains the stand-up fight and in the same way, when the opponent is more threatening on the stand-up, Miocic also has the wrestling to take the fight to the ground.
Standing up, he has a very varied boxing style, that he is able to apply with more efficiency when he is able to maintain the fight at distance. However, defensively, Miocic presents some weaknesses, being easy to hit, especially when not able to maintain that distance.
When he takes the fight to the ground, it isn’t common to see Miocic look for submissions, preferring a more conservative approach of maintaining his position to apply the ground and pound.
Daniel Cormier has a record of 22 victories, 2 losses and 1 no contest on his career. He has 10 victories by KO/TKO, 5 by submission and 7 by decision. He lost once by KO/TKO and 1 by decision.
Cormier is a former champion that is looking to win back the title that was previously his. He i sone of only 7 fighters in the history of the organization that was a two division champion. Cormier is known for his elite wrestling, having even attended two American Olympic teams of the sport.
However, Cormier is far from being a one-dimensional fighter. The Amrican, despite not looking particularly athletic, is surprisingly quick and agile. However, he sometimes struggles to maintain the rhythm and the pressure he likes to apply constantly for 5 rounds.
With the fight standing up, Cormier maintains the pressure high with his quick jab that he uses to close the distance effectively to then apply shorter and more powerful punches, especially uppercuts and overhands.
Defensively, he has the bad habit of keeping his arms stretched, which exposes him for body strikes. On the ground, Cormier has a more varied game than his opponent, being capable of producing violent ground and pound but always looking for the possibility of capitalizing with submissions if the slightest chance appears.
This will be the 3rd fight between Miocic and DC. In the first one, Cormier came out on top with a KO in the 1st round on one of the occasions where he was able to close the distance to Miocic and applied a short uppercut that knocked the champion out.
On the 2nd fight, the same strategy seemed to be working on the initial rounds until Cormier started fading away and Miocic started attacking Cormier’s body and was able to keep him at distance, eventually reaching the KO in the 4th round.
On this fight, Cormier knows that Stipe won’t get tired, and he should look for a less aggressive and pressuring approach that allows him to reach the rounds 4 and 5 still with enough gas in the tank. One of the ways to slow down the rhythm of the fight is taking it to the ground more often.
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Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier – Betting Tips:
I believe that in this fight Cormier will look to mix up his wrestling more, especially on the initial rounds, tiring Miocic, who will be difficult to control on the ground and shouldn’t offer many openings for the finish.
That should lead to a victory for Daniel Cormier in the end by decision of the judges.