UFC 241 Preview: Cormier vs Miocic 2
This Saturday night the UFC returns to Pay Per View with some great fights on tap. A rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, the return of Nate Diaz, and a Middleweight bout that could be the fight of the night. The Honda Center in Anaheim, California plays host to UFC 241, as we are set to have another great night of fights. We have a total of 13 fights scheduled as of this post as all fighters still have to make weight. Lets take a look at the fight card for Saturday night...
Early Prelims-6:30pm (All times Eastern):
Women's Flyweight Bout: Poliana Botelho(8-2-0) vs Maryna Moroz(9-3-0)
Women's Flyweight Bout: Sabina Mazo(6-1-0) vs Shana Dobson(3-2-0)
Bantamweight Bout: Kang Kyung-ho(15-8-0,1NC) vs Brandon Davis(10-5-0)
Womens Strawweight Bout: Hannah Cifers(9-3-0) vs Jodie Esquibel(6-5-0)
Bantamweight Bout: Manny Bermudez(14-0-0) vs Casey Kenny(12-1-1)
Lightweight Bout: Christos Giagos(17-7-0) vs Drakkar Klose(10-1-1)
Bantamweight Bout: Raphael Assuncao(27-6-0) vs Cory Sandhagen(11-1-0)
Lightweight Bout: Devonte Smith(10-1-0) vs Khama Worthy(12-6-0)
Middleweight Bout: Derek Brunson(19-7-0) vs Ian Heinisch(13-1-0)
Featherweight Bout: Gabriel Benitez(21-6-0) vs Sodiq Yusuff(9-1-0)
Middleweight Bout: Yoel Romero(13-3-0) vs Paulo Costa(12-0-0)
Welterweight Bout: Anthony Pettis(22-8-0) vs Nate Diaz(19-11-0)
World Heavyweight Championship Bout: Daniel Cormier(22-1-0,1NC) vs Stipe Miocic(18-3-0)
This card should be highly entertaining to watch as we get the return of one of the baddest men on the planet in Nate Diaz and we also get Yoel Romero who has some serious knockout power. The last time we saw Nate Diaz he lost the rematch with Conor McGregor by decision. He was scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier last year but that ended up getting canceled. I'm excited to see him back in the octagon and it should be a war between him and Anthony "Showime" Pettis. The last fight that Pettis had was back in March where he defeated Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson in the 2nd round. I have a feeling this fight may go the whole 3 rounds and i'm taking Diaz to get the win in his return.
Your probably wondering why I didn't include the main event in the highly entertaining part..The answer to that is simply because Daniel Cormier(DC) is not an exciting fighter. I love Stipe but I don't think he's going to be able to beat DC especially if he gets taken down and DC does his usual lay on top of his opponent for 5 rounds. Don't get me wrong I respect the hell out of Cormier he is one of the greatest of all time and is no doubt a Hall of Famer. He has beaten some of the best there is but, to me he is so boring to watch. It is very rare that his fights are highly entertaining as he has a style and when he is taking guys down left and right and just laying on top of them its not fun to watch. I am really pulling for Stipe to pull off the upset but like I said I just can't see it happening. A Cormier win would solidify his spot as one of the best of all time...just not number 1 on that list... To quote a good friend of mine Ric Flair "To be the man, you've gotta beat the man." so until DC beats the GOAT aka my boy Jon Bones Jones he will always be at least number 2 on my list.
Make sure you tune in on Saturday starting at 6:30pm with the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the prelims on ESPN at 8:00pm and the main card on PPV at 10:00pm.