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Stipe Miocic closed out UFC 252 with a unanimous-decision victory over Daniel Cormier to keep his belt and take the lead in his series with DC 2-1.
It definitely wasn’t an easy defense for the Independence, Ohio, native. While he won 4 rounds to one on 2 of the judges’ scorecards, those rounds were close, and both fighters landed strikes that would have put down lower fighters.
In the end, Miocic was surprisingly able to smother DC with several takedown efforts throughout the battle. While he was never ever able to get Cormier down, he was able to wear his challenger. When he wasn’t putting him versus the fence, he was scoring from the exterior.
Regrettably, eye pokes belonged of the narrative for the third time in as many battles in between the two. Cormier poked Miocic in the eye early in the fight, while Miocic landed one in the middle of the bout that noticeably damaged Cormier’s eye.
In spite of the loss, DC verified when again this will be his last battle. If he truly implies it, he leaves as one of the couple of who have actually held titles in two different weight classes even if he couldn’t duplicate as heavyweight champ.
Main Card Outcomes
- Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier by means of consentaneous choice (49-46 x2, 48-47)
- Marlon Vera def. Sean O’Malley via TKO at 4: 40 of Round 1
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior dos Santos via TKO at 3: 47 of Round 2
- Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns via TKO at 4: 37 of Round 2
- Merab Dvalishvili def. John Dodson through consentaneous decision (30-27 x3)
- Vinc Pichel def. Jim Miller through unanimous choice (29-28 x2, 29-27)
- Virna Jandiroba def. Felice Herrig via submission (armbar) at 1: 44 of Round 1
- Daniel Chavez def. TJ Brown by means of unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Livia Renata Souza def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- Chris Daukaus def. Parker Porter via TKO at 4: 28 of Round 1
- Kai Kamaka def. Tony Kelley via unanimous choice (29-28 x3)
Marlon Vera def. Sean O’Malley
Sean O’Malley and the Suga Show took a success Saturday night. Marlon Vera’s power and an apparent injury were simply too much for him to overcome as Chito picked up the first-round TKO.
O’Malley started strong and used his leg and body kicks to establish the range and put Vera on notification. Nevertheless, O’Malley was quickly hobbled after an evident injury while he was stepping forward. With the injury eventually putting him on the ground, Vera squandered no time in capitalizing.
He followed up with elbows, which was completion of the night for the rising 25- year-old.
Regardless of the regrettable circumstances, this was still a big win for Vera. The 27- year-old has actually been around the UFC considering that 2014, but he is now 6-1 in his last 7 battles with the only loss coming in a questionable choice versus Song Yadong.
It would be great to see them run this back, but if they select not to, Vera ought to be getting another big-name challenger.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior dos Santos
For nearly a round-and-a-half, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Junior dos Santos participated in a high-stakes video game of chicken. The 2 colleagues both played things safe and showed respect for their equivalent’s power.
When the levee lastly broke and Rozenstruik landed a huge left and right hand, it became clear why: That was all it considered him to turn the tide permanently and bring the fight to an end.
This was a strong and needed performance for Bigi Young boy. After a 20- second loss to Francis Ngannou, he required to discover a way to regain some of the momentum he had from the 10 -0 start to his profession.
For dos Santos, this has actually become a regrettable pattern. It’s his third consecutive knockout loss, and concerns that his chin can’t withstand a few of the best heavyweights anymore are genuine. At 36 years of ages, the former champion is past the days of being an elite heavyweight.
Rozenstruik’s background as a professional kickboxer makes him an interesting element in the heavyweight division moving on. The quick loss to Ngannou is a problem for his marketability as a title challenger, however in the shallow heavyweight department, he ought to have the ability to shake that result.
This was a huge step towards that end.
Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns
What was supposed to be a huge break for Herbert Burns became a great weekend for Daniel Pineda. The 35- year-old who was battling in the UFC for the very first time because his release in 2014 pulled off a spectacular efficiency and a second-round TKO.
Burns, whose brother is welterweight contender Gilbert Burns, looked the part in his look on Dana White‘s Competitor Series and in his very first 2 UFC fights. However missing out on weight Friday and getting burnt out by Pineda will certainly slow down a few of his buzz.
Pineda had his last two bouts in the PFL overturned because he tested favorable for a prohibited substance but had created a four-fight win streak to help him get re-signed after 6 years away from the UFC.
While Burns has been lauded for his submission skills, Pineda showed no worry of blending it up with his challenger on the ground. He embraced the wrestling and ultimately drew the finish with elbows from the crucifix position.
In addition to winning, he’ll take home some extra money due to the fact that of Burns’ problems on the scale.
Merab Dvalishvili def. John Dodson
It’s extremely difficult to look great versus John Dodson, but Merab Dvalishvili did his finest.