Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 252 goes down in UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The biggest heavyweight fight in the promotion’s history will serve as the main event tonight, with champion Stipe Miocic defending his title against Daniel Cormier in the latter’s apparent retirement fight. The co-main is the Suga Show, with Sean O’Malley looking to stay undefeated when he meets the streaking Marlon Vera.
This post will cover the main event title fight between champion Stipe Miocic and challenger Daniel Cormier.
We’ll start on Fight Pass and ESPN+ at approximately 7pm ET with two fights. The card then moves to ESPN and stays on ESPN+ at 8pm ET for four more bouts, then onto the main PPV card at 10pm ET. The full lineup and schedule follows. The prelims, main card, and co-main event will all have separate posts.
Main Card (PPV)
Round 1 - Inside leg kick from Miocic. Jab. Back to the inside leg. Hard jab. Cormier finally throws a jab. He whiffs on a leg kick. Outside leg kick from Miocic, and a right. He dig to the body. Cormier with a takedown. Miocic rolls away and gets up. Knee in the clinch from DC. Miocic spins away and they reset. 1-2 from Miocic. Body jab too. Low calf kick from Cormier. Light jab to the belly. Cormier with a big right inside! Jabs from Miocic. He gets eyepoked. He takes a couple of minutes. Cormier is warned. 90 seconds to go on the restart. They trade low kicks. Jab to the body and leg kick from Miocic. Right to the head and body from Stipe. Now a left. Cormier with two rights on the inside. And again. Hard shot from Stipe. Inside leg kick from Miocic. Huge right from Cormier than almost drops Miocic. He seems okay though. 10-9 Cormier.
Round 2 - Low kick from Cormier. Miocic lands to the cup. Quick restart. Miocic with a hard left! Miocic fakes a takedown attempt. Jab to the body from DC. Inside leg kicks from each man. Cormier with that quick right inside again. Miocic sticks the body again. Cormier to the body again. They trade low kicks. Body shot from Miocic. Right over the top from Miocic. Cormier with a jab. More jabs from both men. Hard left hook connects for Miocic. Jabs again from both. Body kick from Miocic. Miocic almost lands a trip in close. Jabs from Cormier. Right from DC. Low kick. Left lands for Miocic. Triple jab and a right from Cormier. Body shot from DC. Miocic with two hard lefts and Cormier goes down! Miocic mounts and lands some big shots, but the round ends! 10-9 Miocic.
Round 3 - Jab to the body from Miocic. Cormier is circling. They exchange in close. Hard jab from DC. Body shot from Miocic. Big right from Miocic, and another1 They trade, but Miocic gets the best of it. Miocic moves him against the cage. Miocic with a knee. Spinning elbow just misses for Stipe. Cormier with a jab and a low kick. Miocic with a two-punch combo into the clinch. They trade knees. More knees. Body shot and right hook on the break for Miocic. They trade low kicks. Body shot from Stipe. Short right for Cormier, an a low kick. Miocic with some body work. Two rights by Miocic, DC lands one of his own. Cormier complained about an eye poke. 10-9 Miocic.
Round 4 - Cormier’s eye is jacked up. I don’t think he can see out of it. He’s blinking a lot early. They trade low kicks. Jab from Miocic. More low kicks. Right to Cormier’s eye. DC tries to fire back. Miocic with an uppercut in the clinch. Not much happens and they separate. Miocic with a right hook. Body punch from both men. Cormier with an inside leg kick. Hard right counter from Miocic, but Cormier throws back again. Miocic gets a body lock but can’t get DC down. Right hook from Miocic. DC goes to the body. Big right hook from Miocic. Cormier lands his own right back. Jab from Miocic. They trade in close. Clinch battle. Cormier looks for a trip but can’t get it. Left hook scoresf or Miocic. Low kick from Cormier. Cormier with two rights. Very close. I’ll go 10-9 DC.
Round 5 - Leg kick from DC. Jab to the body from Miocic. Jab to the head. Low kicks from Miocic. Miocic with a 1-2. Cormier pushes Miocic into the fence, but is quickly reversed. Long time in the clinch. Miocic with a couple of knees. They finally separate with 2:40 to go. Miocic with a nice knee. Cormier backs Stipe up and lands two hard shots. Cormier scores with another right as Miocic lands a knee. Back against the fence. Miocic with a combo on the break. DC wit ha right hook. Huge right hook from Miocic. DC fires back. Cormier stuffs a takedown attempt. Cormier with a right. They tenderize the body in close. 45 seconds to go. Back against the fence. They stall out for a little bit. Knee from Miocic. 10-9 and 48-47 Miocic.
Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)