Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, has agreed to (temporarily) return to the 265-pound division to challenge current heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic.
But only because the price was right.
Now that he’s secured the main event slot at UFC 226, “DC” went on record to explain his path to victory. And it has less to do with anything Cormier has planned and more to do with bouts that have already come and gone.
Like Stefan Struve’s technical knockout win over Miocic back in late 2012, which is why MMA math, not PRIDE FC, never die.
“I really like the match up,” Cormier said. “He’s not this massive guy. Just because he’s fast at heavyweight doesn’t mean he’ll be fast to me. The reason I was so successful at heavyweight is because I was fast, so now he’s gonna be fighting a guy as fast as him. He has lost to Stefan Struve. If Stefan Struve can get a victory, why can’t I?”
Cormier has lost to Jon Jones. If Jon Jones can get a victory, why can’t Miocic?
With “Bones” on ice, there wasn’t much left at 205 pounds to keep Cormier from moving up. The top two contenders, Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Oewzdemir, have already lost to the Olympian in separate title fights.
And it’s pretty much the same story at heavyweight.
The Cormier vs. Miocic showdown headlines the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., July 7, 2018, which also ties a ribbon around the latest edition of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).