UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier predictions
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Daniel Cormier collide in the trilogy bout tonight at UFC 252.
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In case you missed it, Ion Cutelaba tested positive for COVID-19 and his bout with Magomed Ankalaev has been postponed.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)
KAI KAMAKA III (7-2-0) VS. TONY KELLEY(5-1-0)
Andrews: Kai does have a bout of pro experience at Bellator, and should be able to grind out another decision after some early trouble.
Andrews Prediction: Kai Kamaka IIII via UD
CHRIS DAUKAUS (8-3-0) VS. PARKER PORTER (9-5-0)
Andrews: Both fighters are making their octagon debut. I think Daukaus, who has a good finishing rate, will overcome Porter in a good fight.
Andrews Prediction: Chris Daukaus via TKO
PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)
ASHLEY YODER (7-5-0) VS. LIVIA RENATA SOUZA (13-2-0)
Andrews: This should be a good fight. Yoder has fought better competition, so I am expecting her experience to cancel the ground game of Souza.
Andrews Prediction: Ashley Yoder via UD
T.J. BROWN (14-7-0) VS. DANNY CHAVEZ (10-3-0)
Andrews: Chavez is making his octagon debut. Advantage Brown.
Andrews Prediction: T.J. Brown via TKO
FELICE HERRIG (14-8-0) VS. VIRNA JANDIROBA (15-1-0)
Andrews: Felice is Virna’s biggest test and I have to go with Felice as she has the experience advantage.
Andrews Prediction: Felice Herrig via UD
JIM MILLER (32-14-0, 1NC) VS. VINC PICHEL (12-2-0)
Andrews: Miller surprised me in his last fight but here he is fighting a guy year older. As long as he can avoid the big shots, I think Jim drags him to the ground and gets the tap.
Andrews Prediction: Jim Miller via submission
MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)
HERBERT BURNS (11-2-0) VS. DANIEL PINEDA (26-13-0, 2NC)
Andrews: Pineda had his last two fights overturned because of a failed drug test in the PFL. Have to go with Burns here to grind out the decision.
Andrews Prediction: Herbert Burns via UD
JOHN DODSON (22-11-0) VS MERAB DVALISHVILI (11-4-0)
Andrews: Dodson grinds out a tough decision over Merab.
Andrews Prediction: John Dodson via UD
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS (21-7-0) VS. JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK (10-1-0)
Andrews: I am picking Jairzinho to atone for his last fight and shock Dos Santos.
Andrews Prediction: Jairzinho Rozenstruik via TKO
SEAN O’MALLEY (12-0-0) VS. MARLON VERA (15-6-1)
Andrews: O’Malley continues to impress and I think he will be tested by Vera but will overcome it and get the stoppage.
Andrews Prediction: Sean O’Malley via TKO
STIPE MIOCIC (19-3-0) VS. DANIEL CORMIER (22-2-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Can DC make the corrections and does he have the gas tank? He says he’s healthy for this fight. Miocic looked good at the weigh-ins. It’s a 50-50 fight, but I am going with Cormier.
Andrews Prediction: Daniel Cormier via TKO