UFC 226: Huge Heavyweight Clash Between Two Champions

In one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight fights for some time now, Stipe Miocic will put his heavyweight title on the line against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The two hefty fighters will meet on July 7 at UFC 226 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sometimes, when fighters come up a division to fight a champion, the odds are already stacked against them. But, Cormier is a rather bulky light heavyweight and has been seen suffering when cutting weight for the 205-pound division. But, his dominance has been forged in the lighter division, while Miocic continues to dominate the heavyweight division.

 

A clash of champions

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The Miocic-Cormier fight will headline UFC 226 with a huge amount on the line for the defending champion. However, Stipe Miocic doesn’t have a lot to gain regarding his legacy. The record-breaking heavyweight champion is risking his belt for the fourth time, but as it’s against an ageing light heavyweight, some will hold that against the 6’4’’ champion.

However, the matchup of Miocic’s speed against Cormier’s mighty wrestling abilities should produce an interesting fight. It’s certainly not seen as the mismatch that some consider it to be as free bets from all of the UFC bookmakers, including bet365 and Coral, have been quite evenly spread between the two fighters.

The only blemishes on Cormier’s professional record are two losses to Jon Jones – one ruled a no contest to leave ‘DC’ with just one loss. The 20-1-0 champion knows how to get his opponents to the mat, and then he’ll deploy his ruthless groundwork to drain and eventually end his foe.

The reigning heavyweight champion is superb defensively, with his great upper-body movement helping him to evade most strikes. He’s quick on the counter and can pop a takedown in an instant. His granite chin keeps him in fights that many others would have been knocked out of.

Miocic’s huge 8’’ reach advantage should play its part, especially if he decides to stand behind his jab and wait for Cormier to make his move. But, Cormier is a feisty contender who racked up a 13-0 record in the heavyweight division before moving down. On top of this, the 38-year-old brings wrestling ability that Miocic has yet to face in the octagon.

With Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor long-term absentees, the UFC is missing some star power. With another win here and an extension of his record, the Croatian-American heavyweight champion could take another step towards becoming that star.

 

A great night all around

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UFC 226 looks set to get the adrenaline pumping early and often in the run-up to the headline heavyweight battle.

One intriguing fight is between undefeated Brazilian Paulo Costa and Jamaican Uriah Hall. The two middleweights clash after the fight was initially delayed due to Costa’s bicep injury. Now we see if Costa can extend his impressive 11-0-0 professional record, or if Hall can build upon his comeback after three consecutive losses.

But, the main battle under the Miocic-Cormier fight is between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. Ortega comes in as the 14-0-0 number one ranked fighter in the division.

UFC 226 looks to be a can’t-miss event with many great fights set to take place over the course of the evening and an almighty heavyweight clash to finish up the night.

 

 

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