Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will attempt to make history when he moves back up to heavyweight on July 7, 2018 to face Heavyweight king, Stipe Miocic, in the main event of UFC 226 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With a win, “DC” will become the promotion’s fifth fighter to ever hold two titles in as many divisions, and will join Conor McGregor as the only two men to ever hold the straps simultaneously.
Stipe, though, is out to prevent that while adding to his own record books, telling the Las Vegas Review Journal that while Cormier has proven time and again to be a great champion, he simply hasn’t faced someone like him.
“I think he’s an amazing fighter and a great champion,” he said. “I think he’s great. But he hasn’t fought anyone like me yet,” added the current 265-pound champion, who recently set a record for most consecutive title defenses at heavyweight (three) following his win over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 (recap here).
Of course, Cormier has many advantages going into the fight, as he isn’t a stranger to fighting in the land of the big men, winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix early on in his career. Plus, his No. 1 training partner is former 265-pound champion Cain Velasquez, who at one time was considered to be the best in the world.
Before Miocic and Cormier handle their business inside the Octagon, the two men will face off as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). And if you’re expecting to see a different Miocic once the camera are on, you’re going to be disappointed.
“I’m just going to be the same person I am. I’m not going to change anything. (My friends and family) would beat my (expletive) if I did. I’ll just be me.”
Keeping it real.