The trilogy fight is set:
Not only is Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder happening for the third time later this year, there’s also an anticipated trilogy fight happening later this summer in the world of MMA.
In August at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, during the main event of UFC 252 on ESPN+ pay-per-view, incumbent UFC Heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic (19-3), the longest-reigning UFC Heavyweight champion in history, puts the belt on the line when he battles No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier (22-2, one no-contest) for the third time.
As will continue to be the case with all UFC events for the foreseeable future, UFC 252 on Aug. 15 will be held without a crowd in tow in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus.
The all-time series between Cormier and Miocic is level at one win apiece.
On July 7, 2018 in UFC 226’s main event, Daniel Cormier stopped Stipe Miocic by first-round knockout due to punches thrown to capture the UFC Heavyweight title from Miocic, ending his run after over two years and three successful championship defenses.
A rematch was staged on Aug. 17 of last year during UFC 241 on ESPN+ pay-per-view, where Miocic won the title back via a fourth-round knockout (punches) in the headliner at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Retirement in the offing for Cormier:
It’s no secret that the 41-year-old Daniel Cormier has hinted at retiring from mixed martial arts as a competitor in recent years.
He’d wanted this trilogy fight against Stipe Miocic to be his last UFC appearance before ending his career as a fighter.
The former double champ said back in April that he has no qualms with his retirement fight happening in an empty venue on an episode of the DC and Helwani podcast:
“It’s going to end that way. Empty arena and if it’s at the Apex, I think the cage is smaller. It’s like the Ultimate Fighter cage, so that’s a whole other fight. It’s a smaller cage than the one we use for pay-per-views. But, yeah, I’ll go fight this guy in an empty arena. I want to fight him.”
Note: We will refrain from making a call on this fight at this time.
Heading into the Aug. 15 fight, champion Miocic is the taller competitor, standing 6-foot-4, five inches taller than challenger Cormier’s 5-foot-11 frame.
How they’ll get here:
Champion Miocic has posted a 4-1 record in his last five fights, including that win against Cormier last August in UFC 241.
In the other corner, challenger Cormier has gone 3-1 with one no-contest in his last five fights.
The lone no-contest in that stretch and in his career happened almost three years ago when his defeat against Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship at UFC 214 was reversed by the California State Athletic Commission after the fact due to Jones’ positive test for Turinabol, a banned substance, in a B-sample the day before the show.
Also due to the positive Turinabol test from Jones, UFC President Dana White declared Cormier as Light Heavyweight champion again.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that Miocic owns a 7.5-inch reach advantage (80 inches to 72.5 inches) over Cormier, with Cormier owning a 2.5-inch leg reach advantage (41.5 inches to 39 inches) over Miocic heading into this fight.