UFC 252 brought the heat on Saturday night with the legacy-defining conclusion of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy, which Miocic won by unanimous decision.
Miocic and Cormier paced back and forth during the duel, but a round 2 knockdown by Miocic proved to be a turning point. Cormier couldn’t recover from it. Both fighters were stabbed in the eye, although the one Cormier took represented a more painful blow.
Cormier repeated after the fight that this would be his last UFC competition. He explained that nothing other than a title fight – which he will almost certainly no longer offer – doesn’t interest him.
Elsewhere on the main map, Sean O’Malley, the previously undefeated and acclaimed 25-year-old bantamweight, lost via TKO to Marlon Vera after injuring his lower body early in the fight. He could not leave the octagon on his own.
Sporting News followed live updates and round-the-clock highlights for every fight on the UFC 252 pay-per-view card, including the Miocic-Cormier 3 main event. Follow below for full results.
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UFC 252 highlights by Stipe Miocic against Daniel Cormier 3
1 am: Miocic wins unanimously.
12:56 pm: Round 5 ends. We are waiting for the decision.
12:54 pm: Miocic pushed Cormier against the fence. He probably has the slight edge of the scorecard with 1:30 remaining.
12:50 pm: Cormier clearly had vision problems on lap 4 but could possibly have beaten Miocic there.
12:46 pm: It appears that by the end of that final lap, Cormier took a finger deep into his eye. However, was not seen by the officer.
12:45 pm: Oh oh. Cormier’s eye is really swollen.
12:43 pm: Cormier’s camp should be happy with how the third lap went, considering how the second lap ended. Seemed to be able to recover a bit, even if he didn’t land many punches.
12:38 pm: We were just about to say that Cormier finished the second round very well, but then Miocic knocked him down and finished him off by almost 10 seconds. Cormier survives for now, but that was a big moment.
12:35 pm: However, Cormier does not sit back. He also dealt a few penalty strokes.
12:33 pm: Miocic lands a combo at the start of round two, and for a moment there was a twinge of concern in Cormier’s eyes.
12:32 pm: Round 1 is in the books.
12:29 pm: Miocic stung his eye.
12:26 pm: We are on the way.
12:17 pm: Cormier comes in. Miocic comes in. Round 1 is just around the corner.
12:15 pm: There’s still one fight left tonight. The great. Miocic versus Cormier 3.
12:10 pm: So O’Malley left the event.
11:58 pm: VERA STUNS O’MALLEY. He knew O’Malley was injured and went in for the murder. Vera from TKO.
11:57 pm: Seems like it’s a foot or leg problem for O’Malley. He’s running around hoping to sneak out of the first round.
11:56 pm: O’Malley is injured.
11:55 pm: O’Malley gets Vera with a few body kicks.
11:53 pm: Our co-main event is underway.
11:45 pm: Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera make their entrances.
11:36 pm: Rozenstruik clocks Dos Santos with a counterattack and swarms his opponent with a battle-tested barrage. Rozenstruik from TKO.
11:29 pm: Significant blows either way, but no KO. We have the first lap behind us.
11:24 pm: Rozenstruik is still there after 20 seconds. It’s a mini-win after his previous fight.
11:17 pm: Before the co-main events happen, Junior Dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik will be in a heavyweight matchup in which every fighter has a lot to prove.
11:06 pm: Pineda causes a stir! He overturns Burns from TKO.
11:03 pm: Burns begins round two by attacking Pineda and holding him down.
10:58 pm: Now Pineda Burns has grounded and landed more shots.
10:56 pm: Pineda connects his right hand to Burns’ face for the first 20 seconds.
10:46 pm: Next up: Herbert Burns versus Daniel Pineda.
10:39 p.m.: Dvalishvili wins unanimously. He looked really good, varied his approach during the matchup, and brought him to Dodson.
10:30 pm: Dodson did a good job slipping out of possible shutdowns. Still, he seems to be playing from behind.
10:23 pm: Dodson fights in the beginning. His legs are beaten.
10:15 pm: John Dodson and Merab Dvalishvili go on strike.
10:08 pm: The main map will start soon (hopefully).
9:58 pm: Vinc Pinchel ends the preliminary round with a victory by deciding over Jim Miller.
9:50 pm: The last preliminary round met expectations.
9:20 pm: That was fast.
9:05 pm: Chavez wins with ease.
8:54 pm: Daniel Chavez sends T.J. Brown to the ground.
8:31 pm: Souza wins unanimously.
8.15 p.m .: Ashley Yoder against Livia Renata Souza is on the way in the strawweight division.
UFC 252 results
Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46). Marlon Vera def. Sean O’Malley from TKO.Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior Dos Santos from TKO. Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns from TKO.Merab Dvalishvili def. John Dodson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Vinc Pinchel def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28). Virna Jandiroba def. Felice Herrig by submission, Danny Chavez def. T.J. Brown by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Livia Renata Souza def. Ashley Yoder by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
When does UFC 252 start?
Date: Saturday 15th AugustEarly preparations: 7 p.m. ETFront page: 8 p.m. ETMain card: 10 p.m. ETLive broadcast: ESPN +
UFC 252 battle card
Pay-per-view of the main card
Stipe Miocic versus Daniel Cormier for Miocic’s heavyweight title Sean O’Malley versus Marlon Vera; BantamweightsJunior Dos Santos versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik; Heavyweights John Dodson versus Merab Dvalishvili; Bantam Weights Herbert Burns versus Daniel Pineda; Featherweights
Jim Miller versus Vinc Pichel; LightweightsAshley Yoder versus Livia Renata Souza; Women straw weightsFelice Herrig versus Virna Jandiroba; Women straw weights T.J. Brown versus Daniel Chavez; Featherweights
Early preliminary rounds
Chris Daukaus versus Parker Porter; Heavyweights Kai Kamaka versus Tony Kelley; Featherweights