Daniel Cormier will attempt to make the second defense of his UFC heavyweight title when he steps in to face Stipe Miocic in the UFC 241 main-event.
In many ways, it’s a fight that completely deserves to be run back once again.
Sure, a first-round knockout was a pretty decisive way for Cormier to steal away Stipe’s title’s back in July of 2018 but while the fight lasted, it was a tightly-contested affair.
DC’s gameplan revolved around tying up his man in the clinch but at times, Miocic was really able to get his shots in and make the difference in size between the two evident.
Now, given the fact that Cormier has had some time to acclimatize, I would expect the strength deficit that was clearly present at UFC 226 to be in some way lessened tonight.
All in all, their first meeting was one that I honestly thought that Stipe was getting the better of in some ways.
That being said, Daniel Cormier is the better all-round fighter in my opinion and this fight should be his to lose.
Miocic’s time off could well have been the best thing for him – a break that would have allowed him to recuperate and reexamine exactly where it was he went wrong the first time around.
It’s pretty fair to say that Stipe was the aggressor in the early exchanges – a tactic that in many ways seemed to be in direct contrast to the more methodical approach he favoured during his relentless assault on some of the division’s most iconic fighters prior to meeting DC.
Now, 40, the wear and tear of a long career in athletics is sure to catch up with the former Olympian before long but to be honest, I just think he’s just so savvy at this point in his career that knocking out Miocic again should be expected.
After some sketchy opening exchanges, look for DC to make a huge statement and set up a trilogy fight with Jon Jones – a matchup that will stand as the most significant matchup in the history of the sport.
Prediction: Daniel Cormier via second-round KO
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena