UFC 226; We shall have an ultimate fighter.

 

Miocic v. Cormier – July 7 @ the T Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada.

It won’t be about bragging rights, it’s much bigger than that. There is going to be a super fight and its winner takes all; title, pride, glory, and most definitely respect.

Stipe Miocic got to the heavyweight belt with hard work and some luck in the form of a Cain Velasquez injury, but he has since shown why winning it was not a fluke, and perharps adding credential and onus to those who think of him as the GOAT of UFC heavyweight division. A dominating performance last time out against France’s Francis Ngannou gave him a chance to exact revenge on the UFC organization and Dana White for not giving him as much acclaim as they did Ngannou, when he was number one contender, so, in an act of spite, he seized the championship belt from Dana White and let his coach do the honours of wrapping it round his waist, a fitting moment after breaking the record for consecutive title defenses in the heavyweight division.

Daniel Cormier is no pushover either, he is ranked the fifth best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, also considered in certain circles as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, and he saunters between the heavyweight and light heavyweight like no man’s business. AND OH!! He is the reigning and defending light heavyweight champion.

Both fighters defended their titles at UFC 220, and now will have a go at each other, with Cormier aiming for the heavyweight title, to become only the second fighter to become simultaneous champion in two divisions (the other man being a certain Connor McGregor), while Miocic will look to push his record defenses to four, and further his credentials in the GOAT discussion, but what is sure is that both fighters are going for one title, that of the ultimate fighter.

What else???

There’ll be a very tasty championship clash between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, while the fallen of UFC 220, Francis Ngannou, will look to shrug off the defeat against Miocic with a go at Derrick Lewis.

Pettis and Michael Chiesa were expected to rumble at UFC 223, but Chiesa was an unfortunate victim in that famous Connor McGregor “thing” with the bus and couldn’t take to the octagon. The fight will be on the main card for UFC 226, alongside the light heavyweight brawl between Gokhan Saki and Khalil Roundtree.

Expect nothing but a rush of adrenaline from start to finish, because this UFC card promises nothing but fights that will be the talk of the town for a while.