UFC 252 brought the heat on Saturday night with the legacy-determining completion of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy, won by Miocic via unanimous decision.
Miocic and Cormier went back-and-forth throughout the duel, but a Round 2 knockdown by Miocic proved a turning point Cormier could not recover from. Both fighters were poked in the eye, though the one Cormier took appeared a more painful blow.
Cormier reiterated after the fight that this would be his last UFC contest. He explained anything other than a title bout — which he now almost certainly will not be offered — did not interest him.
Elsewhere on the main card, Sean O’Malley, the previously undefeated and much-hyped 25-year-old bantamweight prospect, lost to Marlon Vera via TKO after injuring his lower body early in the fight. He could not leave the Octagon under his own power.
Sporting News tracked live updates and round-by-round highlights for every fight on the UFC 252 pay-per-view card, including the Miocic-Cormier 3 main event. Follow below for complete results.
UFC 252 highlights from Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3
1 a.m.: Miocic wins by unanimous decision.
12:56 a.m.: Round 5 ends. We await the decision.
12:54 a.m.: Miocic has Cormier pushed against the fence. He probably has the slight scorecard edge with 1:30 left to go.
12:50 a.m.: Cormier clearly had trouble seeing in Round 4 but might have had Miocic beat there.
12:46 a.m.: It appears Cormier took a finger deep into his eye at the end of that last round. Went unseen by the official, though.
12:45 a.m.: Uh oh. Cormier’s eye is really swollen.
12:43 a.m.: Cormier’s camp should be pleased with how Round 3 went considering the way Round 2 ended. Seemed to be able to recover a bit, even if he didn’t land many blows.
12:38 a.m.: We were about to say Cormier was finishing Round 2 very nicely, but then Miocic knocked him down and almost finished him off with 10 seconds remaining. Cormier survives for now, but that was a big moment.
12:35 a.m.: Cormier isn’t sitting back, though. He’s dealt some punishing blows as well.
12:33 a.m.: Miocic lands a combo early in Round 2, and for just a moment there was a hint of concern in Cormier’s eyes.
12:32 a.m.: Round 1 is in the books.
12:29 a.m.: Miocic has his eye poked.
12:26 a.m.: We’re underway.
12:17 a.m.: Cormier enters. Miocic enters. Round 1 is right around the corner.
12:15 a.m.: One fight left tonight. The big one. Miocic vs. Cormier 3.
12:10 a.m.: Here’s how O’Malley left the event.
11:58 p.m.: VERA STUNS O’MALLEY. He knew O’Malley was hurting and went in for the kill. Vera by TKO.
11:57 p.m.: Seems like it’s a foot or leg issue for O’Malley. He’s running around and hoping to sneak out of the first round.
11:56 p.m.: O’Malley is hurt.
11:55 p.m.: O’Malley gets Vera with a couple of body kicks.
11:53 p.m.: Our co-main event is underway.
11:45 p.m.: Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera are making their entrances.
11:36 p.m.: Rozenstruik clocks Dos Santos with a counter-punch and swarms his opponent with a fight-winning barrage. Rozenstruik by TKO.
11:29 p.m.: Significant punches sent both ways, but no KO. We’re past Round 1.
11:24 p.m.: Rozenstruik is still standing after 20 seconds. That’s a mini-win after his previous fight.
11:17 p.m.: Before the co-main events arrive, Junior Dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik will go at it in a heavyweight matchup where each fighter has a lot to prove.
11:06 p.m.: Pineda pulls off the upset! He topples Burns by TKO.
11:03 p.m.: Burns begins Round 2 by tackling Pineda and keeping him down low.
10:58 p.m.: Now Pineda has Burns grounded and is landing more shots.
10:56 p.m.: Pineda connects with his right hand to Burns’ face in the first 20 seconds.
10:46 p.m.: Up next: Herbert Burns vs. Daniel Pineda.
10:39 p.m.: Dvalishvili wins by unanimous decision. He looked really good, varying his approach throughout the matchup and taking it to Dodson.
10:30 p.m.: Dodson has done a good job slipping out of would-be takedowns. Still, he seems to be playing from behind.
10:23 p.m.: Dodson is struggling in the early going. His legs are getting pummeled.
10:15 p.m.: John Dodson and Merab Dvalishvili are making their walkouts.
10:08 p.m.: The main card will begin soon (hopefully).
9:58 p.m.: Vinc Pinchel completes the prelim round with a victory by decision over Jim Miller.
9:50 p.m.: The final prelim bout is living up to expectations.
9:20 p.m.: That was fast.
9:05 p.m.: Chavez wins with ease.
8:54 p.m.: Daniel Chavez sends T.J. Brown to the floor.
8:31 p.m.: Souza wins by unanimous decision.
8:15 p.m.: Ashley Yoder vs. Livia Renata Souza is underway in the strawweight division.
UFC 252 results
- Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
- Marlon Vera def. Sean O’Malley by TKO
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior Dos Santos by TKO
- Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns by TKO
- Merab Dvalishvili def. John Dodson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Vinc Pinchel def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Virna Jandiroba def. Felice Herrig by submission
- Danny Chavez def. T.J. Brown by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Livia Renata Souza def. Ashley Yoder by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
What time does UFC 252 start?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 15
- Early prelims: 7 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: ESPN+
UFC 252 fight card
Main card pay-per-view
- Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier, for Miocic’s heavyweight title
- Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera; bantamweights
- Junior Dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik; heavyweights
- John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili; bantamweights
- Herbert Burns vs. Daniel Pineda; featherweights
- Jim Miller vs. Vinc Pichel; lightweights
- Ashley Yoder vs. Livia Renata Souza; women’s strawweights
- Felice Herrig vs. Virna Jandiroba; women’s strawweights
- T.J. Brown vs. Daniel Chavez; featherweights
- Chris Daukaus vs. Parker Porter; heavyweights
- Kai Kamaka vs. Tony Kelley; featherweights