Stipe Miocic will defend his heavyweight title against reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the UFC 226 main event in July. The news was announced on the UFC on FOX weigh-in show on FOX Sports 1 on Friday evening.
Miocic is coming off a dominant one-sided decision win at this past weekend’s UFC 220 over highly touted Francis Ngannuo. Miocic, who was the underdog, won all three judges’ scorecards 50-44. The victory marked the Ohio native’s, a UFC record, third successful title defense at Heavyweight.
Cormier defended his 205-pound belt against Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event of the same card. The victory for Cormier was his first appearance since being reinstated as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion following his loss to Jon Jones. Jones failed a drug test taken the night of the fight and was stripped of his title.
Should he win, Cormier would become just the second fighter in UFC history to be a champion in two different weight classes at the same time, and the fifth fighter in total to be a two-division UFC champion.
The announcement does come as a bit of a surprise as it has never been talked about. Some insiders feel the UFC has made this decision due to the lowered PPV numbers they done in 2017. If that is the case, it’s not clear how much any card without the name Conor McGregor will help honestly.
To help the build up to the fight the two will serve as coaches on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Filming for the show is expected to start next week.
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