We have been waiting over a year for this trilogy to conclude and now we are going to get the deciding fight between these two top Heavyweights on August 15th. Stipe Miocic will be putting his UFC Heavyweight Championship Belt on the line against Daniel Cormier. Alot will be said about this fight but I’ll break that down in a minute. This card will be fought at UFC Apex and will be live on PPV at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time. Here are my predictions for all 5 fights on the main card.
Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier 3
This fight will be for the Heavyweight Championship, and I’m certainly looking forward to it. Cormier won the first fight in this trilogy by knockout while Miocic won the second. However, Miocic was dominated all fight before he knocked Cormier down. Cormier got lazy on the defense and that left room for Stipe to lay a winning shot on him. In the 3rd and final fight I see Stipe using his height to hit DC from above, whereas Cormier will look to go back to his wrestling background to take down the Champ early and keep him from having the advantage in a stand up fight. DC needs to keep his eye on the prize for the whole fight and keep his defense up so this isn’t a replay of their last fight. At the end of the day, I see Cormier grinding out Stipe for a decision victory and capturing the Heavyweight Title again. He’s also going to surprise people by extending his career for 1 more fight and calling out someone for a bight fight. You can find out who I think that is on Friday’s Cage My IQ!
Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera
Suga Sean O’Malley is a hot prospect in the UFC right now. He fighting style reminds me of Conor Mcgregor and he has a unique personality to go with it. O’Malley has won all 12 of his MMA bouts to date, enjoying back-to-back Performance of the Night Awards for his first round KO victories over Jose Alberto Quinonez and Eddie Wineland at UFC 248 and 250 respectively. Vera has switched back to Bantamweight for this bout, after losing to Song Yadong in a Featherweight fight in his last outing at UFC on ESPN 8. He enjoyed five successive victories before this, all of which were earned via TKO or submission, but he has only won three of the nine MMA bouts he has been featured in that have lasted the distance. I think in this fight Sean’s intangibles will be too much and he is just too quick for Vera. I see O’Malley winning this by a 2nd round TKO. This kid will be challenging for the belt in 18 months!
Junior Dos Santos vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Here’s a fight between two top 10 heavyweights looking to bounce back. Rozenstruik will be keen to recover from what was his first ever MMA defeat to Francis Ngannou at UFC 249 in May. All but one of his ten MMA wins have come from a punch-led KO victory and of these, just two bouts made it past the first round. Despite his higher ranking, Dos Santos enters this bout in inconsistent form, with his last 13 fights producing six wins and seven losses. He suffered early TKO defeats to Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes in his last two fights and will be aiming to avoid three successivie losses for the first time in his MMA career. It’s going to come down to who’s going to land the big shot first and I have more confidence in JDS landing the shot. I see JDS winning via 1st round KO.
John Dobson vs Merab Dvalishvili
Everyone remembers Dobson’s time in the TUF house and how well he did there. However, since then he has been hot and cold but here he is looking to get back to the top 5 where he was years ago. This will already be Dvalishvili’s third fight of 2020, having recorded four unanimous decision wins since September 2018. 11 of his 15 MMA fights to date have lasted the distance, with the Georgian emerging victorious on eight of those occasions. Dodson’s last ten fights resulted in an equal number of wins and losses and he will be hoping for his first back-to-back UFC victories since June 2014. Similarly to Dvalishvili, 20 of his 32 MMA bouts have been settled by decision, although, he has lost slightly more often than he has won in these instances. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this fight will go all three rounds and I think Dobson pulls it out with the experience he has.
Herbert Burns vs Daniel Pineda
The movements and removals on the card have created a nice situation for these two fighters looking to gain for eyes on themselves. They have gone from the prelims to the first fight on the main card which means more money. Herbert Burns is coming into this fight on a win streak and is really well fighting close combat where as Daniel Pineda is better using his distance and has been looking well himself. I believe Burns will look for get after Pineda early and try to take him down so he can’t use the distance to his advantage. If that happens i see Burns by decision but if the fight stays upright i could see Pineda making this interesting .
All in all next week is going to be a big card and we will know where the Heavyweight Division is going after the main event.