One of the biggest fights in the history of the sport goes down tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 226. The heavyweight title is on the line and below we discuss why the oddsmakers have it all wrong as Daniel Cormier is poised to capture his second divisional crown.
At the end of Thursday's UFC 226 prefight news conference, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tripped over a speaker and fell to the ground. It's a clash between two likable heavy hitters who, pardon the worn cliché, leave it all out on the mat every time they throw down.
Regardless of his accomplishments, former champion Jon Jones has fired back recently at the notion that Cormier would be put into the category as the best ever after failing to beat him on two separate occasions. Now he gets a chance to do something Jones never has and that is rule the heavyweight division.
"I don't know if he's the [greatest of all time]". UFC 226 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the champion vs. champion superfight on Saturday, July on Pay-Per-View.More news: Air tankers at Medford fighting the Klamathon Fire
Miocic expects a similar outcome against Cormier, who the champ describes as "A humble guy who likes to fight".
"What happened in my last fight?" he asked. "So this will be the first time he's fighting somebody that can do everything".
Cormier has used this to his advantage. The win over Nelson would ultimately be Cormier's last fight at heavyweight before dropping down to 205 pounds, where he captured UFC gold at UFC 187. Miocic weighed in at 242.5; Cormier weighed in at 246.
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No [chance he goes to UFC 226]. But that said, do yourself a favor and bury your bookmaker this Saturday night and watch Cormier become a two-division UFC champ. Once again, Holloway is unable to battle and this makes three consecutive matches where Holloway has turned up lame.
Dana White, UFC's president, calls tonight's fight a big notch in Stipe's career.
However, the eagerly-anticipated bout was scrapped on Wednesday night as Holloway was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
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The UFC's annual International Fight Week show in its hometown also includes a tantalizing heavyweight matchup between sluggers Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou.