Embedded! ‘Sugar’ Gets Series During Final Staredowns

We are just hours away from one of the biggest grudge matches in the history of MMA, as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic meets Daniel Cormier for a third time later tonight (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) at UFC 252 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (P…

We are just hours away from one of the biggest grudge matches in the history of MMA, as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic meets Daniel Cormier for a third time later tonight (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) at UFC 252 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Leading into the UFC 252 PPV event later this evening from “Sin City,” the promotion has released the final episode of “Embedded,” which can be seen in the above player. This time around, the action focuses on final weight cuts, official weigh ins, and last-second staredowns between the card’s most high-profile attractions.

From the official YouTube description:

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier attend the pre fight press conference. Junior Dos Santos and Sean O’Malley cut weight at the UFC Performance Institute. Official weigh-ins go down as the top three headliners face-off.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 252 fight card this weekend RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+/Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

For episodes 1-5 of UFC 252 “Embedded” click here, here, here, here, and here.

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Forget Just Wrestling, Cormier Wants To Do It All In Final UFC Fight

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Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is looking to showcase a complete arsenal of skills in his final trip to the cage later tonight (Sat., Aug. 15,…

UFC 241: Cormier v Miocic

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Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is looking to showcase a complete arsenal of skills in his final trip to the cage later tonight (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) at UFC 252 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cormier, who will be taking on UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event to settle their legendary trilogy, plans to retire after this weekend’s festivities. The former champion is now 41 years of age and simply has nothing left to prove. Win, lose, or draw, “DC” will go down as one of the best fighters to ever do it.

That said, Cormier is a competitor to a fault. He will not quit and he will not waver in his final Octagon appearance. And while some might think that the former Olympic wrestler would lean more on his ground game to subdue Miocic’s striking in the third installment, that simply isn’t the case. Cormier is looking to display ever skill he can inside of the cage at UFC 252, not just his wrestling.

“Now, the easiest path for me is to try and take him down and hold him down. When I got the takedown the first time, I held him there for about three minutes. But, it takes energy to do that. But, I just don’t want to take him down, I want to fight him,” Daniel Cormier said at the UFC 252 pre-fight press conference (see it HERE). “I like punching him in the face, it is fun, I enjoy it, his head just kind of stays there. So, I like punching him, so, I’m going to punch him, I’m going to wrestle him, I’m going to do everything. I think everybody talks about, oh you are an Olympic level wrestler just go take this dude down. Dude knows how to wrestle, I felt it immediately when I grabbed his leg.

“I understand he has the skills to defend takedowns, he took me down. It is not as simple as I just go take him down,” Cormier continued. “But, I do believe if I can get to his legs and extend the wrestling sequences then I will come out on top. I feel like I can do that against anyone. But, I just want to fight him, like I don’t want to just wrestle him, I want to fight him, too.”

Cormier is right in his assessment of Miocic. The current UFC heavyweight champion is no slouch in the grappling department. In fact, Miocic sports a 73 percent takedown defense inside of the Octagon. For a point of reference, Cormier has a 76 percent takedown defense and he’s one of the best wrestlers to ever step foot inside of the cage. Simply put, Miocic isn’t going to be easy to get to the ground even if that’s the only thing “DC” tries to do.

That said, while Cormier plans on mixing things up in his final UFC fight things could change quickly if Miocic goes back to the same body shots that he used to wilt Cormier in their rematch. Miocic was able to tire the former champion with punches to the lower body and ultimately had his way on the feet. If Miocic follows the same gameplan this time around it could force Cormier to abandon his well-rounded approach and quickly go back to his bread and butter on the mat.

We shall see one way or another later this evening at UFC 252. Even if Cormier is unable to get Miocic to the ground he still has a really good chance of pulling out the win. Just look at what happened in their first fight.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 252 fight card this weekend RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+/Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Khabib Reveals Stipulation For McGregor Rematch

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Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is preparing for a title unification bout against interim king Justin Gaethje this October at UFC 254, but that hasn’t stopped “Eagle” fro…

Press conference by UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow

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Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is preparing for a title unification bout against interim king Justin Gaethje this October at UFC 254, but that hasn’t stopped “Eagle” from talking about rival Conor McGregor.

The history between Nurmagomedov and McGregor is well documented. Not only did Khabib dominate “Notorious” when the two met for the 155-pound title back at UFC 229 but the two fighters have continued to trade jabs ever since. Needless to say, the bad blood between the Russian and the Irishman is as real as it gets.

In the past, Khabib has excluded McGregor from his list of potential title challengers due to the fact that he handily won their first encounter and “Notorious” has been one of the most inactive fighters on the roster over the past few years. Nurmagomedov has been unwilling to entertain a potential rematch between the two unless UFC was going to kick him $100 million.

Now, Khabib seems to be changing his tune just a bit. During a recent press conference in Russia, Nurmagomedov discussed McGregor’s abilities inside of the cage and what he would have to do to lock down a rematch with the champ.

First, Khabib compared Gaethje’s striking with that of McGregor’s and gave his honest assessment between the two lightweight finishers.

“Gaethje is a very good fighter. Is he better standing than Conor? I think no,” explained Nurmagomedov (via UFC on BT Sport). “My fighting IQ tells me that Conor is better in standing than Gaethje.”

Despite his praise, “Eagle” confirmed that McGregor will have to earn his stripes inside of the Octagon one more time before locking down the long-awaited rematch.

“Let him come back (and) defeat Dustin Poirier, then we will fight with him – no problem,” said Khabib.

McGregor, who announced his retirement from MMA for a third time earlier this year, was last seen taking out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246 this past January. It was the first time “Notorious” stepped inside of the Octagon since getting choked out by Khabib all the way back in 2018. From the outside looking in, McGregor hasn’t been active enough to land a rematch with Nurmagomedov when he decides to return from his most recent retirement.

That said, the first meeting between Khabib and McGregor produced a record-setting 2.4 million PPV buys. UFC would be stupid not to push for this matchup if both fighters were remotely interested, whether or not “Notorious” takes out Poirier first.

‘Cowboy’ Draws Price For September Showdown

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Donald Cerrone will look to end a four-fight losing streak when he meets welterweight finisher Niko Price at UFC’s upcoming event on September 19, per a recent repo…

UFC 249 Ferguson v Gaethje

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Donald Cerrone will look to end a four-fight losing streak when he meets welterweight finisher Niko Price at UFC’s upcoming event on September 19, per a recent report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto (shown below).

The card has not been officially announced by UFC, but is expected to take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and air live on ESPN.

Cerrone, 37, has tasted defeat in his last four trips to the Octagon, which is the longest losing streaking of his storied career. Having faced Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, and Anthony Pettis in those four fights it’s easy to see how “Cowboy” could come up short. Still, fans have grown accustomed to seeing Cerrone win inside of the Octagon —evident by his 23 career UFC victories— so expect the veteran to do what is needed to take out “Hybrid.”

Price, 30, is coming off a TKO loss to Vicente Luque back in May, but the welterweight veteran has still never dropped back-to-back fights in his professional MMA career. Throughout his 11 trips to the Octagon, Price has amassed a 6-4 (1 NC) record while recording six equally devastating finishes. “Hybrid” has been waiting for his breakout party and this may very well be it.

On paper, this welterweight clash should turn out to be one of the most entertaining fights of 2020. After all, both men have combined for nine post-fight bonuses in just the past three years, while turning in some of the best finishes during that time.

Stick with Mania for more news on UFC’s upcoming Sept. 19th event.

White Doesn’t Believe ‘DC’ Retires After UFC 252

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Despite everything Daniel Cormier has been saying leading up to his trilogy bout with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic this weekend at UFC 252, UFC president Dana White doesn’t believe “DC” will actuall…

UFC 252 Miocic v Cormier 3 Press Conference

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Despite everything Daniel Cormier has been saying leading up to his trilogy bout with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic this weekend at UFC 252, UFC president Dana White doesn’t believe “DC” will actually retire and walk away from the sport.

Cormier, who turned 41 back in March, has been talking about retirement for nearly two years. The former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion is already one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport and simply has nothing left to prove. With a cushy UFC commentator gig, coaching responsibilities, and another child on the way, Cormier is ready to close this chapter of his life and put a cap on his MMA career this weekend at UFC 252.

However, White isn’t sold that “DC” will actually stick to his guns and retire after his trilogy fight against Miocic. It’s obvious that White would want to keep Cormier around considering the former two-division champion is one of the most respected and popular fighters in the sport today, but that isn’t why the UFC president is casting doubt on “DC’s” retirement plans just days out from UFC 252.

Instead, White believes Cormier will ultimately get in his own head and want to continue fighting whether he wins or loses his next trip to the cage.

“No, it’s not (Cormier’s final fight),” White told ESPN earlier this week. “No, it’s not. It’s obviously going to depend on how the fight plays out on Saturday night. If Cormier wins in spectacular fashion, this will not be his last fight. And knowing him the way that I do, if he loses, then it will be, ‘I can’t go out like this.’

“You know me: When people start talk about retiring, I think they should. Stipe, who people were saying is probably going to retire after this, too, but he squashed that tonight, I don’t think either one of them should retire. They’re two of the best in the world, and they still have a lot left in them. But we’ll see. We’ll see how the fight goes on Saturday.”

If Cormier does in fact change his mind and decides to return to the Octagon in the near future White isn’t exactly sure who he would face. A victory at UFC 252 could set “DC” up for a trilogy bout with Jon Jones at heavyweight or even a clash with current top contender Francis Ngannou, but nothing is on the table as of now.

“There is no plan,” White said. “I’m going to watch the fight on Saturday, I’m going to see who wins, and then on Tuesday there will be a matchmaker meeting, and we’ll go in and start talking about what’s next.”

UFC 252 will go down tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, and feature a bantamweight co-main event between rising superstar Sean O’Malley and veteran finisher Marlon Vera.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 252 fight card this weekend RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+/Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

LIVE! Watch EA Sports UFC 4 Virtual Fight Card!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is offering up some additional Octagon carnage in advance to UFC 252 tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Stipe Miocic and D…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is offering up some additional Octagon carnage in advance to UFC 252 tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier finalize their trilogy in a main event heavyweight title fight.

The extra action will be played out on the new EA Sports UFC 4 video game later tonight, as a collection of fighters, celebrities, and social media personalities will go toe-to-toe on an exclusive virtual card. The special event will feature the likes of UFC superstars Jorge Masvidal and Max Holloway, heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, and Hollywood actor Idris Elba. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 2, and can be seen in the above video player.

From the official YouTube description:

EA SPORTS UFC Virtual Fight Card LIVE takes some of the biggest celebrities, UFC fighters and other athletes and puts them into the virtual Octagon. Punches, jokes and trash talk will be exchanged, with each livestreamed match-up boasting some big names.

First up, we have Instagram’s Behzinga against former NFLer and sports personality Spice Adams. Next, a pair of matches for the wrestling fans— the Bella Twins will face off against one another and Kenny Omega will be taking on Twitch streamer Lirik. After that, UFC legend Max Holloway will take on comedian Hannibal Buress in a fight that promises lots of punches and punchlines. Then UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal will take on rapper Action Bronson in a bid for NYC vs Miami bragging rights. And last but definitely not least, a Hollywood heavyweight in Idris Elba takes on a real heavyweight from the boxing world, Tyson Fury, in a battle of Brits you won’t want to miss.

In addition to all of these great virtual fights, there will be exclusive information about EA SPORTS UFC 4, newly released footage and videos, and appearances by other surprise celebrities — plus viewers at home will have a chance to win swag and prizes by watching and interacting on social media.

It’s EA SPORTS UFC Virtual Fight Card LIVE, and it all goes down starting Friday, August 14th at 7:30 PM Eastern on ESPN2, the UFC Twitch channel and on the UFC YouTube page. We’ll see you at the Octagon!

EA Sports UFC 4 was officially released earlier today on the PS4 and Xbox One. It is expected to be the best virtual fighting game ever created and offers a ton of new features and goodies for fight fans everywhere. The official trailer can be seen here.

That said, the game has received mixed reviews over the past few weeks since a select group of fans were able to download the beta version and test the gameplay out (EA Sports promises it has made the proper changes). It will be interesting to see how each fighter/celebrity fares later this evening for the first official EA Sports UFC 4 virtual fight card.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 252 fight card this weekend RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+/Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.