Last weekend Daniel Cormier defended his light heavyweight title as he dispatched of top contender Volkan Oezdimir. Heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, shocked many (like Dana White) when he beat on world beat Francis Ngannou. With both men essentially cleaning out the division, the UFC has decided to pit the two against each other. Cormier vs. Miocic is official.
The UFC announced via press release on Friday that Miocic would defend his Heavyweight Title against Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier during International Fight Week on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Cormier vs. Miocic is official
“Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic coach opposite light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, April 18 on FS1, the two will battle for the heavyweight crown during the 7th annual UFC International Fight Week (July 3-7) at UFC 226®: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 7.”
With the news of them both coaching The Ultimate Fighter aside, you can read more on TUF HERE, this fight actually makes a lot of sense. Miocic has cleaned out the best of the Heavyweights. The alternative was rematching him against Fabricio Werdum. He and the UFC have had issues of their own.
Cormier, outside of he who shall not be named, has run rough shot over the entire Light Heavyweight Division. Alexander Gustaffson is hurt and the man deserving of a shot is… umm… Shogun?
International Fight Week will be interesting. With this fight official and two other SUper Fights being rumored, UFC 226 could be a fight fans dream.