The day is here, tonight at the APEX in Las Vegas, and available live on PPV via ESPN+, the trilogy between Stipe Miocic (19-3) and Daniel Cormier (22-2-0, 1NC) for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Last week was subpar for me going (2-3), bringing my record (24-17) overall. Hopefully, I can get off to a hot start by picking Merab Dvalishvili (11-4) over John Dodson (22-11) in a bantamweight matchup to start the pay per view portion of the event. Dvalishvili, currently ranked # 15, is the younger, hungrier, and busier fighter, which will be enough to get the job done against, the # 12 ranked Dodson. Dvalishvili by decision.
Making a hasty return to the Octagon, Herbert Burns (11-2) faces Daniel Pineda (26-13, 2NC) in a featherweight scrap. Burns — the younger brother of # 1 ranked welterweight contender Gilbert Burns — fought at UFC 250, submitting Evan Dunham in the first round. Pineda resigned with the UFC, his last two fights for the PFL ruled a No Contest after he failed a drug test. Burns by submission.
Another pair of heavyweights set to wage war this evening at the APEX. Former champion Junior Dos Santos (21-7) faces Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-1). This fight can go either way, both suffered devasting knockouts at the hands of France Ngannou, next in line for a shot at the heavyweight belt. Dos Santos, KO’d in each of his last two fights, and I believe that streak will sadly continue tonight. Rozenstruik by knockout.
On paper, the co-main event is Fight of The Night hands down, in my opinion. I believe the hype is real ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley (12-0) is dynamic on his feet and has made quick work of every fighter Dana White has put in front of him. Tonight’s opponent, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera (15-6-1), is coming off a controversial unanimous decision loss to Song Yadong. Vera would be wise to try and exploit, O’Malley’s one glaring weakness which is his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. O’Malley by knockout.
In the main event, a trilogy for the UFC Heavyweight Championship between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Cormier ended Miocic’s record reign in their first fight, while Miocic was able to stop Cormier in the rematch. We all know Cormier trains hard for fights, but it’s the time in between that concerns me. Miocic by TKO.