Miocic was coming of his UFC heavyweight record third consecutive title defense when the two first met in July 2018 in the main event of UFC 226. At the time, Cormier was the UFC light heavyweight kingpin. Cormier became a dual UFC champ when he knocked out Miocic at the 4:33 mark of the first round of that contest.
The two met again in August 2019. Miocic evened the score in that contest with a fourth-round knockout win over Cormier. The win gave Miocic another record, as it was his fifth victory in a UFC heavyweight title fight.
Cormier has said the trilogy bout against Miocic will mark the end of his MMA career.
In the co-main event, Sean O’Malley, who broke into the UFC bantamweight rankings with a knockout win over Eddie Wineland in June, puts his unbeaten record on the line against the unranked Marlon Vera.
Tonight’s UFC 252 post-fight press conference is expected to begin around 1:15 a.m. ET. The heavyweight champion and other winners from the ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view card are expected to attend the press conference.
You can catch a live stream of the post-fight press conference right here.
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