Former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who additionally held gold at 205 kilos, will attempt to recapture the division crown when he tangles with Stipe Miocic within the UFC 252 pay-per-view (PPV) principal occasion, scheduled for Sat., Aug. 15, 2020 inside UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They most likely would have settled their long-standing rating a lot sooner, however Miocic wanted extra time to get better from an eye fixed harm suffered throughout their second go-round. An harm that “DC” insists was not intentional and that any claims on the contrary are fairly merely, fucking silly.

“I’m not attempting to poke the man within the eye. That’s fucking silly,” Cormier advised MMA Preventing. “Why would I ever try this? I don’t want long run injury to this man’s eye. I don’t want that the man can’t see out of his freaking eye. That’s loopy. Considered one of my mates and associates offers with that, Michael Bisping. I don’t wish to see one other man having to cope with that. That’s loopy. I’m not attempting to poke this man within the eye.”

Bisping suffered one of many worst eye accidents within the historical past of contemporary UFC, one he blames on former rival Vitor Belfort throughout “The Phenom’s” since-banned TRT part. Till MMA comes up with higher gloves, which want uncovered digits for floor preventing, eye pokes are prone to proceed.

“That first battle, I type of poked him within the eye however the situation with that was generally after I spar and since I’m shorter, I’ve the 16-ounce gloves, I can type of flick my hand in the direction of guys and hit them after they’re just a little bit out of vary,” Cormier stated. “I believe that’s what occurred the primary time. The second time, as soon as I believe my knuckle obtained jammed into his eye however that’s not a finger. I type of punched and the thumb was tucked right into a fist however the knuckle obtained him within the eye.”

Cormier (22-2, 1 NC) captured the 265-pound title by stopping Miocic (19-3) at UFC 226 again in early 2018. “DC” would later cough up his crown of their UFC 241 rematch, and is anticipated to retire from fight sports activities with (or with out) the belt round his waist.