MMA’s elite fighters return to Las Vegas this weekend for a glittering bill that includes the final instalment of an epic octagon rivalry. The highly-anticipated clash between the two Americans sees Miocic put his heavyweight title on the line and finally settle the argument as to who the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time is. Read on as we explain how to watch UFC 252 and live stream Miocic vs Cormier 3 this Saturday.
sees the MMA carnival return to the USA, with the UFC Apex in Las Vegas the venue for another behind-closed- doors event. The main card is expected to begin at around 10pm ET / 7pm PT – and and American readers wanting to cut to the chase need only know that ESPN+ will be the place to watch the fight.
The first meeting between the two was back in July 2018 , with Cormier taking initial bragging rights after delivering a first-round knockout to take the heavyweight championship. Miocic went on to made amends in their rematch last August with a devastating fourth-round TKO to take the title back.
This fight is the culmination of their historic rivalry, with UFC honcho Dana White going so far as to say the winner will earn the right to be called the promotion’s heavyweight GOAT – or greatest-of-all-time.love
he fight could mark Cormier’s last appearance in the octagon. The 41-year-old, who stands as the first UFC fighter to win and defend both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles, has suggested in the run up that he’ll retire following this trilogy bout.
Read on as we explain how to get a UFC 252 live stream and watch Miocic vs Cormier 3 online on Saturday night.
UFC 252 live stream: watch Miocic v Cormier and today’s full card online
UFC fans in the US will likely know that ESPN+ has the rights to all of the biggest MMA fights around. That means it’s your one and only place to watch UFC 252 tonight in the US, with that massive Miocic v Cormier trilogy fight the main event slated to start at around 10pm ET (7pm PT) .
Your options for watching the event depend on whether or not you have already dived in and bought a subscription to ESPN+. If you haven’t, then the obvious way to go is with a UFC Bundle, costing you $84.98 – orders are already open. While that might sound like a lot, it’s not just getting you the UFC 252 PPV, but you’ll get a year-long subscription to ESPN+ (that would normally cost $50 alone) – a savings of over 25% in total.
What does a UFC fan get with their ESPN+ subscription?
Quite a lot, as it happens – On top of being able to stream July’s big event, a subscription to ESPN+ opens up access to over 20 exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, alongside original content including Dana White’s Contender Series, Destined, and Ariel & The Bad Guy, plus classic fights, replays, and there’s also the perk of fewer commercials.
UFC 252 full card
Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier (C) Heavyweight title fight
Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera; Bantamweight
Junior Dos Santos vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik; Heavyweight
John Dodson vs Merab Dvalishvili; Bantamweight
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba; Light heavyweight
Jim Miller vs Vinc Pichel; Lightweight
Ashley Yoder vs Livinha Souza; Women’s Strawweight
Herbert Burns vs Daniel Pineda; Featherweight
Felice Herrig vs Virna Jandiroba; Women’s Strawweight
TJ Brown vs Danny Chavez; Featherweight
Chris Daukaus vs Parker Porter; Heavyweight
Who are Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier?
Nicknamed “The Baddest Man On The Planet”, 37-year-old Stipe Miocic is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the whole of UFC, with his speed, right cross and hooks, alongside his peerless counterpunching his strongest attributes
The part-time firefighter paramedic is the only fighter in UFC history to successfully defend the Heavyweight division title three times in a row. He also holds the record for most strikes landed in a single fight, after hitting the target an astonishing 361 times against New Zealand’s Mike Hunt during their Fight Night 65 showdown in Adelaide, Australia back in 2015.
Lafayette, Louisiana’s Daniel Cormier may be one of the smallest fighters in both the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight divisions, but his explosive mix of superior boxing skills and devastating wrestling throws has worked to excellent effect, leading him to become only the second fighter to hold titles in both weight classes simultaneously. The 41-year-old has overall record of 22 wins, two losses and a no contest over the course of his mixed martial arts career.
Who is the favorite to win the Miocic vs Cormier fight?
The bookies appear to be split down the middle on this fight with no clear favourite among those offering odds. While a draw would leave many UFC fans unsatisfied, an honours-even result would provide a fitting end to one of most well-matched rivalries in the sport’s history and maybe the smartest bet.
When did Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier last step into the ring?
The two fighters will be stepping into the octagon for the first time since their rematch fight in in August 2019 at UFC 241 at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. That fight saw Miocic eventually prevail in the fourth round after landing a flurry of clean left hooks to Cormier’s body before following it up with punches to the head to end the encounter and reclaim the title.
While Miocic took back the belt, it came at a price, with the reinstated heavyweight champ suffering retinal damage due to multiple eye pokes received in the fight – an injury that has kept him out of action up until this weekend’s main event.
What are the other highlights from UFC 252?
Much of the focus beneath the main event will be on rising star Sean O’Malley and his Bantamweight face-off against Marlon Vera and whether the enormous hype surrounding the undefeated 25-year-old from Montana is justified.
The night’s most entertaining fight could potentially come in the form of Junior Dos Santos heavyweight division showdown Jairzinho Rozenstruik, which looks set to be close run battle between two of UFC’s most mighty hitters.
One of the most anticipated sporting events of the summer is finally upon us, as UFC returns stateside for an all-out brawl. UFC 252 airs live from Las Vegas this Saturday, August 15, with Stipe Miocic facing off against Daniel “DC” Cormier for the heavyweight title.
UFC 252 Date and Time
Prelims for start Saturday at 5pm PST with the main card starting at 10pm PST. You can watch UFC 252 live on ESPN+, which lets you stream the fight on your phone, tablet, laptop or on TV.
The main fight pits two-time UFC heavyweight champion Miocic versus former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champ, Cormier. The two have met twice before, with each man claiming a victory apiece, making this a true trilogy fight for the title. The stakes are also higher as Cormier has announced that this will be his last fight before retiring — win, lose or draw.
How Much is UFC 252?
UFC 252 is streaming live on ESPN+, which is a subscription-only service that costs $4.99/month. Subscribers will be able to watch the prelims for free. The main card is a pay-per-view event available exclusively on ESPN+. To watch UFC 252, you’ll need to first sign up for an ESPN+ subscription before paying the $64.99 PPV fee.
Your best deal is to snag ESPN’s current bundle promo, which gets you a year-long ESPN+ membership plus instant access to UFC 252 for just $84.98. The deal saves you more than 25% off buying the annual membership and fight separately.
ESPN+ says existing subscribers who upgrade their current plan to an ESPN+ Annual Plan and purchase UFC 252 will be eligible for the 25% savings as well.
If you just want to access the fight, you can sign up for a single month of ESPN+ service here, and then add the fight to your watchlist. The total price will be $70.
UFC 252 Card
In addition to Miocic versus Cormier, the other heavyweight (non-title) bout pits former champ, Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos against Jarzinho Rozenstruik. The bantamweight bout is another key fight to watch, with Sean O’Malley squaring off against Marlon Vera. One of UFC’s rising stars, O’Malley is coming off a knockout win over Eddie Wineland at UFC 250.
Eight other fights are on the fightcard for UFC 252 including two women’s fights: Ashley Yoder faces off against Livinha Souza and 15th-ranked Felice Herrig takes on Virna Jandiroba in two exciting strawweight matchups.
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