Bellator’s Corey Anderson Describes Fearing Death After Medical Emergency

Bellator MMA light heavyweight fighter Corey Anderson said he feared for his life after suffering a medical emergency Feb. 21, one week after his knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz in his final UFC fight…

Bellator MMA light heavyweight fighter Corey Anderson said he feared for his life after suffering a medical emergency Feb. 21, one week after his knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz in his final UFC fight…

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,…

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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.

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Greg Hardy vs Maurice Greene added to UFC Halloween event

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Maurice Greene meets Greg Hardy at a UFC event on Halloween later this year. A heavyweight fight between former NFL player Greg Hardy and Maurice Greene has been added to a UFC event on October 31…

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Maurice Greene meets Greg Hardy at a UFC event on Halloween later this year.

A heavyweight fight between former NFL player Greg Hardy and Maurice Greene has been added to a UFC event on October 31st.

MMA Junkie first reported the news, though the UFC is yet to officially announce the fight. No venue or location has yet been announced for the event which will take place on Halloween.

Greene (9-4) has fought five times since debuting for the UFC in November 2018. After consecutive stoppage losses to Sergei Pavlovich and Aleksei Oleinik, Greene rebounded with a submission win against Gian Villante in June.

Hardy (6-2, 1NC) was signed to the UFC in January last year and went on to fight five times in 2019 for the promotion. After a DQ loss in his debut, Hardy picked up consecutive stoppage wins and then had a win overturned for the illegal use of an inhaler between rounds. Hardy won a decision against Yorgan De Castro at UFC 249 in May.

The only other fight currently announced for the card is a light heavyweight fight between Justin Ledet and Dustin Jacoby.

LIVE! UFC 252 PPV Radio-Style Streaming Updates

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We’ve purchased the ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) and with it our dynamic tag team duo, Matt Ryan and Harry Terjanian, will deliver the best possible ‘radio style’ play-by-play broadcast imaginable throughout UFC 252…

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We’ve purchased the ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) and with it our dynamic tag team duo, Matt Ryan and Harry Terjanian, will deliver the best possible ‘radio style’ play-by-play broadcast imaginable throughout UFC 252’s main card, starting at 10 p.m. ET in the video player below!

Harry Terjanian, Stephanie Sottile and I (Matt Ryan) are coming to you from our summer studio in Point Unpleasant, N.J., for the mixed martial arts (MMA) version of a “Prairie Home Companion” … just with more yelling.

There’s not really a lot you need said about UFC 252, which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada (full results here), because it is, in theory, a one-fight card. Indeed, Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will punch each other in the face (and belly) repeatedly for a third and final time, with the winner not only getting that gold belt, but the title of greatest Heavyweight of all time.

G.O.A.T. status!

While Javier Mendez claims the winner of this fight will face Jon Jones next (details), we all know that’s not going to happen. Cormier will put the gloves down tonight and walk away from a sport he helped push into the 2020’s. He went from a maligned villain to a beloved hero, while Miocic went from everyman fighter with a solid punch and a B-movie backstory and … honestly he’s still that.

It is hard not to root for Cormier tonight, just knowing his story, watching him develop, seeing what he’s endured in this sport, you have to root for someone like that. He’s what you want in an MMA star: talented, likable and confident. Stipe is two of those things.

I’m not looking to bash Stipe here, I value all of my teeth and blood remaining inside my body. But, coming out of the first two fights, the rugged fireman from outside Cleveland, Ohio, was less the All American hero, but more like Harvey Pekar: angry, complaining and willing to tell anyone and everyone about it.

Sure he out-pointed Francis Ngannou, but that was a “Predator” adrift in too much hype and not enough focus. If those two fought again anytime soon, I’d expect a much different ending.

Regardless, none of you care about my opinion (well, some of you do), especially after a few glasses of Tennessee courage. However, tonight my opinion gives way to a card that is full of “star making fights” in a time when UFC is losing all of its stars. Either way, tonight is likely the end of Cormier as a fighter. We thank you, we appreciate you, and we will always remember you for dancing shirtless holding a variety of snacks.

Godspeed, “D.C.” … Godspeed.

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UFC 252 Results: Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

UFC 252 goes down tonight (Sat. August 15, 2020) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX and we have the results. The world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion compiled an excellent card for fight fans to enjoy. It’s headlined by a meeting betw…

UFC 252 goes down tonight (Sat. August 15, 2020) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX and we have the results. The world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion compiled an excellent card for fight fans to enjoy. It’s headlined by a meeting between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in a heavyweight title bout.  […]

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