The rubber match fans have been waiting for took place this morning as one of the UFC’s greatest heavyweight rivalries came to a conclusion when Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier battled for the third time in the octagon. The fighters had one win each heading into the UFC 252 main card bout to determine the baddest man on the planet.
Suga Sean O’Malley riding a 12 fight win streak took on Marlon Vera and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos fought the powerful Jairzinho Rozenstruik, here are all the main card results.
Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier
Both fighters trade shot, Stipe leading with his jabs and Cormier utilizing his grappling skills to open up some knees and shots off of the break. The fight gets paused for an eye poke on the champion. As the action resumes DC has some success with his right hand wobbling Miocic before the break.
Round 2 starts with DC landing a groin strike pausing the fight temporarily, as the fight resumes both fighters have success landing a flurry of punches. Stipe lands multiple big right hands at the end of the round dropping Cormier who holds onto Stipe barley surviving the round
Round 3 starts with Stipe stalking DC who looks less steady on his feet. Daniel looks tired as the champion clinches with him on the cage. DC seems to be using this time to recover and both fighters start trading some big shots at the end of the round.
DC seems to be dealing with an eye poke going into round 4 which was not spotted by referee Mark Goddard. Miocic grapples against the cage and both fighters land some shots on the break. DC lands a flurry of punches, countered by Stipe in a more evenly matched round
Round 5 and both fighters are landing punches with a bit more urgency to make a statement on the round with Stipe getting the better of the clinch game against the fence, both fighters trade shots in a stand-up battle that see the round end with the fighters thinking each of them has done enough to win.
Results: Stipe Miocic Wins via Decision (Round 5)
Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera
Both fighters started with a few feints, feeling each other out. Marlon throwing some leg kicks and O’Malley counter punches, Suga seems to have thrown a leg kick which was checked by Vera causing some problems with his stability, Vera starts stalking Sean and capitalizes on his limited mobility by landing a powerful shot dropping his opponent, he then starts landing some ground and pound before the fight was quickly stopped.
Results: Marlon Vera Wins via KO/TKO (Round 1)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Junior dos Santos
Both fighters trade shots in the first round with JDS looking to utilize his high kick which is blocked by Rozenstruik. Some decent right hand from dos Santos but Jairzinho lands a decent counter. Neither man is really committing to their shots until JDS lands a left hook that wobbles Rozenstruik who recovers. Things start to open up after that until Rozenstruik lands a low blow, the round ends with JDS going for a spinning attack which is avoided at the end of a close round
Round 2 both fighters ensue in a technical striking battle which is fairly evenly matched until Jairzinho starts pressing the action and lands a left/right hook combo dropping JDS whilst on the fence. Rozenstruik then lands a barrage of ground and pound as JDS attempts to get back up but is hit by a left hook to the jaw which drops him again with the referee waiving the action off
Result: Jairzinho Rozenstruik wins via KO/TKO (Round 2)
Daniel Pineda vs Herbert Burns
Result: Daniel Pineda via TKO (Round 2)
Merab Dvalishvili vs John Dodson
Result: Merab Dvalishvil wins via unanimous decision (Round 5)