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The fight to potentially determine the greatest Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight of all time is now official.
The highlight of the UFC's second residency at UFC Apex is UFC 252. The pay-per-view event is headlined by the third meeting between current heavyweight king Stipe Miocic and top rival Daniel Cormier.
It was Miocic (19-3) who came out on top in their last meeting at UFC 241, regaining the heavyweight championship he had lost to Cormier in 2018. The fight was a back-and-forth affair that saw Cormier ahead early until Miocic was able to win by TKO in the fourth round. Prior to dropping the title, Miocic was on a historic run that saw him defend the belt he won against Fabricio Werdum against Francis Ngannou, Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. The Ohio native looked prepared on the scales and came in at a trim 233 pounds.
Cormier (22-2, 1 NC) has been upfront about wanting to retire after this third bout with Miocic, and hopes to leave the sport with a belt around his waist. Prior to losing to Miocic, Cormier had been on an impressive streak that saw him hold both the light heavyweight and heavyweight belts – although “DC” later vacated the 205-pound throne. The 41-year-old tipped the scales at 236 pounds for what very well might be the final fight of his career.
While the 11-fight card is now official, two fighters came in over the featherweight limit: Herbert Burns (149.5)* and T.J. Brown (146.5)**. Both fighters have been fined a percentage of their purses and the fights should continue as scheduled.
UFC 252's main card will exclusively be available as a pay-per-view on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET. Prior to that, preliminary action will begin on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET, and continues on both ESPN and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET.
UFC 252 Weigh-in Results:Stipe Miocic (233) vs. Daniel Cormier (236)
Sean O'Malley (136) vs. Marlon Vera (136)
Junior dos Santos (238.5) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (254)
Herbert Burns (149.5)* vs. Daniel Pineda (146)
John Dodson (136) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (136)
Jim Miller (156) vs. Vinc Pichel (156)
Livinha Souza (115.5) vs. Ashley Yoder (115.5)
Felice Herrig (116) vs. Virna Jandiroba (115.5)
T.J. Brown (146.5)** vs. Danny Chavez (146)
Chris Daukaus (241) vs. Parker Porter (264.5)
Kai Kamaka III (145.5) vs. Tony Kelley (145.5)
* Burns missed weight by 3.5 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
** Brown missed weight by .5 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
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