UFC 252 Main Event and Co-Main Event Preview, Odds, and Predictions!
In the Main Event Saturday night we a trilogy fight to see who is the Heavyweight GOAT. And before this fight takes place, we have the hottest prospect in the UFC looking to score another highlight-reel knockout.
Heavyweight Championship- Stipe Miocic (19-3-0) vs. Daniel Cormier (22-2-0,1NC)
The Main Event trilogy between these 2 Heavyweights is one of the biggest fights of all time. Cormier took the first matchup by KO/TKO with heavy hands in the clinch, and Miocic won the second matchup by KO/TKO with hard shots to the body. Cormier has mentioned that he wants to go back to his wrestling roots for this fight, but I don't know how long he can keep that up with his gas tank at 41 years old. Also, something to consider is the massive height and reach advantage for Miocic. Miocic is 6'5 and Cormier is 5'11. This translates to a huge 7.5-inch reach advantage! If Miocic can keep this fight at range, he should have no issues landing the bigger shots in this fight. But, if Cormier can get within eye-poking distance, he will be able to land the cleaner shots in this fight and shoot for his takedowns. This fight is a complete coin flip. But, after seeing the weigh-ins, Miocic looks like he's in the best shape of his life and I can see him outlasting Cormier again with a late KO/TKO finish. Win or lose, Cormier can retire and enjoy all the snacks he wants.
Prediction: Miocic (-120)
Bulldogs Risky Bet: Miocic by KO/TKO (+140)
Bantamweight Matchup (135)- Sean O'Malley (12-0-0) vs. Marlon Vera (15-6-1)
At 27 years old, Vera is a very underrated fighter and coming off a controversial loss against Yadong Song that most people had Vera winning. Before that loss, he was on an impressive 5 fight winning streak and has been in the UFC since he was 21 years old. I love Vera's fighting style because he just wants to get into a brawl and dog fight, and that's what makes him one of my favourite fighters. But, we can't forget that he has a black belt in BJJ, and if this fight hits the mat, he should have a clear advantage. But, Vera's fighting style plays right into O'Malley's strengths. The hype train on O'Malley is insane, but for good reason. He is coming off a huge KO victory over Eddie Wineland (as seen above) and is undefeated in his career. However, his competition has been very suspect and he's already calling out big names like Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo. We need to see O'Malley against better competition before we make our assessment on him. If O'Malley can get the win here, we can say he's pretty legit because this will be his first true test. Also, Vera has never been finished in his career, so if O'Malley can get the knockout it will be even more impressive. However, the Bulldog loves big underdogs, so let's have fun with this one and pick Vera to upset O'Malley.
Prediction: CHITO VERA SHOCKS THE WORLD (+215)
Bulldogs Risky Bet: Vera by Decision (+450)