The narrative leading up to the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title fight between current champion Stipe Miocic and Light Heavyweight king, Daniel Cormier, at UFC 226 on Sat., July 7, 2018 has been focused on “DC’s” chance to make history.
Cormier has the opportunity to become only the second fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two separate division titles simultaneously with a win, joining Conor McGregor in the exclusive club. But, Stipe can also keep adding to his own history-making run by adding to his title defense record by extending it to four.
And that’s the only history that will be made come fight night, as Miocic says there is no way Cormier will bolster his resume at his expense.
“He won’t make history off my back. I am going to keep it rolling, dude,” proclaimed Miocic on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show. “He ain’t breaking up my record, as long as I’m champ, no one else will be champ. All you are going to hear is ‘and still,’ and I am going to walk out of the Octagon with my belt around my waist and nothing is changing,” he included.
When asked if he plans to retire as champion, Miocic made no bones about it. “Yup, 100-percent.”
Stipe has been on quite a roll, winning six straight dating back to 2015, including knocking out Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 to win the 265-pound strap and then defending it against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and hard-hitting monster, Francis Ngannou.
A win over Cormier will undoubtedly be one of the biggest feathers in Stipe’s hat, as “DC” has only suffered defeats to one of the greatest to ever fight in Jon Jones. And though Miocic will be going in with a massive height and weight advantage, will it be enough to defeat Cormier?
Time will tell.