The UFC has outdone themselves once again by giving the fans a fight that is unpredictable in what could quite possibly the biggest fight in recent memory. In detail, current UFC Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, will defend his legendary reign against current UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, on July 7th at UFC 226 in Las Vegas.
Miocic recently defended his title for a record-breaking third time at UFC 220 in Madison Square Garden against the destructive Francis Ngannou. The Heavyweight Champion is currently considered one of the most elite fighters on the planet, and from the looks of it, he has no plans on dropping the strap to anyone.
On the same night Miocic defeated Ngannou, Cormier also defended his title and defeated Volkan Oezdemir via second round knockout. During the interview after the fight, Cormier noted that he didn’t feel like he was the champion, simply because Jon Jones previously defeated him at UFC 214. Despite losing, Jones was ultimately stripped after failing a drug test.
Cormier felt like he needed to defeat Oezdemir to feel like the champion again. For those who see Cormier’s chances as slim, it should be noted that he was originally a heavyweight in Strikeforce before signing with the UFC, and after a few fights, he dropped down a weight class. Cormier is now looking to become the second man (after Conor McGregor) to emerge as a champion in two separate weight classes.
Miocic is an outstanding fighter with an efficient ground game, while Cormier shares a similar (or superior in some aspects) skill set. The match of Miocic vs Cormier is a bout that many didn’t believe would become a reality, but on July 7th, it will be history in the making.