All sports fan likes a good old-fashioned rubber match. And all good franchises have a Trilogy. It’s not always the best one (Godfather 3), but sometimes it’s damn entertaining (Back to the Future III). And sometimes it leaves you celebrating with Ewoks (Return of the Jedi). At UFC 252 when Stipe Miocic goes against Daniel Cormier for the 3rd and final time, how will the trilogy end?
The Godfather 3 treatment
This is the least appealing, so we’ll start here. Unlike Miocic/Cormier 1 which ended quickly but with a vicious strike that dropped Miocic. And unlike the return fight which went 4 rounds back and forth until Stipe won his belt back. In the Godfather 3 scenario, we see a slower, lazier slugfest. Cormier at 41 is gassed early, Stipe at just a few years younger loses his luster by round 3. There’s a lot of soft punches that either don’t land or don’t inflict that much damage. The fight lasts all 5 rounds, goes to a decision, UFC 252 ends and we all die in our chairs of sheer boredom. Not unlike Michael Corleone at the end of the movie.
Back to the Future Part III ending
This is arguably the most exciting of the three trilogy scenarios. In this one, the first four rounds of the UFC 252 Main Event are lights out. Pretty even through the first round and part of the second, then one fighter really starts to pour it on gaining a distinct advantage. In the 3rd round, he lands a shot that staggers Fighter 2. He follows up, the downed combatant covers up, it could be over. The horn blows and the round ends. The fourth round Fighter 1 tries desperately to end the fight but his opponent manages to hang on. We enter the championship round with the fight being Fighter 1’s to lose. He is ahead on the scorecard. Fighter 2 has only one chance at victory, a knockout. Fighter 2 is battered but he comes out swinging. The clock ticks down. Is there enough time? He’s landing blows. Fighter 1 is in survival mode. He catches his opponent. Close call. A few intense moments later Fighter 2 drops his opponent. The follow-up lasts a few blows until Herb Dean steps in and calls it.
Much like Marty and Doc at the end of Part III, we didn’t know if there was going to be enough time, it came down the wire. Why do we always have to cut these things so close? A satisfying way to end a trilogy.
Return of the Jedi Scenario
This is basically a similar scenario to the Back to the Future III ending but with Daniel Cormier winning in a come from behind fashion at UFC 252. That’s not to suggest Stipe Miocic is the Villain of the Trilogy much like the hated Empire was. However, Cormier has announced that he will be retiring at the end of this fight and if there is any scenario here that would make Ewoks dance it’s a guy ending his storied career as the Champion.
There is a wildcard scenario that could play out Saturday night and it’s a long shot and kind of a bummer. It’s called the
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch scenario
In this unfortunate third installment, one or both of the fighters have to pull out sometime on Friday or early Saturday. The match is canceled and the co-main is moved up to the main event spot. No Stipe, no Cormier, only disappointment. Seriously, check out that movie. No Michael Myers, no Jamie Lee Curtis, no Dr. Loomis. Why’d they even do it?
Tune in Saturday night to find out what happens!!
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