STIPE MIOCIC VS DANIEL CORMIER: THE BATTLE OF LEGACY

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On Saturday, August 14, 2020, the current and formerly two-timed champions of Ultimate fighting championship (UFC) will be going down the ring with his arch-rival and better competitor in Daniel Cornier.

The Croats-American had face Daniel Cornier in the past as they both emerged victorious once. This Saturday at UFC 252, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will throw down for a third and final time. This fight is not only about their individual legacies and the status of “greatest heavyweight in UFC history,” but also about claiming victory in one of the biggest rivalries in UFC history.

There has been some truly classic bout in UFC history, featuring some of the most iconic names in the sport. The like Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture; Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) booked Couture vs. Liddell for the interim belt, a move that was, by all appearances, going to set up a unification bout between Liddell and Ortiz.

But Couture became one of the biggest monkey wrenches in UFC history when he dominated Liddell before scoring a TKO in the third round of their meeting at UFC 43 in June 2003. At UFC 52 in April 2005, the killer version of Liddell returned as he scored a clean, first-round knockout just over two minutes after the opening bell to capture the light heavyweight championship.

Liddell repeated the feat the following February, scoring a knockout early in the second round and sending Couture into a retirement that lasted just over a year.

Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn: Coming into UFC 112 in April 2010, Edgar was a big underdog to Penn despite a 12-1 record. Penn was, after all, considered the greatest lightweight in UFC history and had torn through many of the bout victims in Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez during his run with the championship.

Edgar and Penn would go down the wire for five rounds in their first meeting before Edgar took a decision victory in one of the biggest championship upsets in UFC history. The decision looked controversial but the majority of media outlets scoring the fight for Penn and one judge turning in a bizarre 50-45 card in favour of Edgar made the bout controversies a discord of concern.

While the odds on the best canadian sportsbooks weren’t as wide as the first meeting, the August 2010 rematch saw Penn again enter the Octagon as a solid favourite, with the common line of thinking being that Penn deserved the first decision and would be motivated to reclaim the belt and remove judges from the equation.

Instead, Edgar put on a dominant performance, winning in the grappling, wrestling and striking arenas across all five rounds to take a clear decision and cement his status as the true champion at 155 pounds. It would be nearly four years before they completed the trilogy, battling after both men served as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

This time at featherweight, it was Edgar coming in as the favorite, and he left no doubt he was the better man by scoring a knockout in the second round of a lopsided contest that was part of Penn’s eight-fight winless streak to end his career.

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, are without a shadow of a doubt, two of the best heavyweights to have ever stepped foot inside an octagon. Over the years, we have seen many bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship World. But, none have been to replicate the hype and hoopla that Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic has. One of the biggest reasons for this has got to be the gap between the fights.

That, however, isn’t the case with Miocic vs Cormier. The duo’s first two matches in 2018 and 2019 came at a time when they were at their prime and their third and final bout comes at a time when they are at the top of their game. The short time gap between the fights is another aspect which makes this bout all the more interesting.

More importantly, beyond the bout for the prestigious belt, Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will be fighting for their prestige. The two fighters are undoubtedly trying to make wave for their legacies and to finally put an end to their arch enmity on who is the best fighter among the two heavyweights. However, beyond the fight for pride, the two will be fighting for their legacies.

 

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