UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, US on 15 August 2020, that’s yesterday.
Impact of COVID 19:
The promotion initially targeted another event at 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, to be held on this date. The organization however stated in June that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dublin card was postponed indefinitely.
- A series also for UFC Heavyweight Championship between both the current two-time champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Daniel Cormier (also former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion) was held as the headliner of the event. The pairing first met at UFC 226 on 7 July 2018 where Cormier returned to heavyweight as the light heavyweight champion and managed to capture the title by knocking Miocic out in the first round.
- Their second fight took place on 17 August 2019 at UFC 241, where Miocic reclaimed the belt and got his revenge with a fourth-round knockout. Cormier also revealed that he was planning to retire after this fight.
The UFC 251 was briefly linked to a bantamweight fight between Pedro Munhoz and former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Promotion officials, therefore, opted to schedule UFC’s pairing on ESPN four days later: Kattar vs. Ige.
It was revealed on July 6 that the battle between Munhoz and Edgar was canceled due to positive COVID-19 Munhoz results. They were eventually postponed for that event. Promotion officials, in effect, decided to switch the match again and is now expected to take place a week later as UFC’s main event on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar.
A light heavyweight rematch was expected to occur at this event between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cuquelaba. At UFC Fight Night the pairing first met: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo, where Ankalaev won by contentious knockout.
For UFC 249, on its original April 18 date, the fight was initially scheduled to take place. However, due to travel restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ankalaev was forced to pull out of the event. After testing positively for COVID-19, Cuquelaba pulled out on August 11 and the bout was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 175.
Promotional newcomer Manel Kape was supposed to face Rogério Bontorin at the event. Even so, on July 22, due to an ankle injury, Bontorin pulled out of the fight. In turn, Kape revealed that his debut would be rescheduled and that he would not occur on the card, also due to an ankle injury.
Miocic (left) still holds a UFC heavyweight record for most wins (three) title defenses. Cormier (right) is the first fighter in UFC history to currently hold both the heavyweight and lightweight belts.