After dismantling Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 earlier this month, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will move up in weight to challenge current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on July 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, per a recent announcement by UFC officials.
Miocic and Cormier will first coach opposite one another on the 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which is scheduled to air on April 18 on FOX Sports 1 and feature undefeated lightweight and featherweight fighters. At the conclusion of TUF, the coaches will square off at UFC 226.
Miocic, 35, is coming off a huge unanimous decision win over world beater Francis Ngannou at UFC 220, in which he locked down his record-setting third consecutive UFC heavyweight title defense. Despite his recent dominance, which includes six-straight wins in a division designed for instability, Miocic is going to have his hands full with “DC,” especially considering Cormier is undoubtedly the best wrestler the champion has ever faced.
Cormier, 38, just made quick work of “No Time” via second-round TKO. The light heavyweight great has never been able to get over the hump against legendary fighter Jon Jones, but he will now have the opportunity to become the first active light heavyweight champion to move up and fight for the heavyweight crown.
Remember, “DC” compiled an undefeated 13-0 record at heavyweight from 2009-2013, capturing defining victories over divisional mainstays Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Roy Nelson, and Frank Mir.
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