Miocic vs. Cormier set for champion vs. champion match at UFC 226

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It’s official: Miocic vs. Cormier is going down at UFC 226 this July.

The UFC announced today that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic would take on light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 222 on July 7 for the heavyweight title. This will come after they serve as opposing coaches on 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show.

This announcement comes when the stock both fighters is at an all time high. Both men are coming off successful title defences at UFC 220. Cormier defeated Volkan Oezdemir to defend his belt for the third time. That same night, Miocic beat Francis Ngannou to become the first UFC heavyweight in history to defend the belt three consecutive times. Both men solidified their dominance that night, and they will square off come July.

There have been talks of Cormier’s possible retirement soon. This could be the last fight of the 38-year-old, as he aims to become only fifth UFC fighter to hold belts from two weight classes (alongside Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Connor McGregor, and Georges St.-Pierre), and only the second to hold UFC belts from two divisions at the same time (alongside McGregor).

For Miocic, the incentive here is to add to his legacy, extend his title reign, and cash in on what will likely be a massive pay-per-view event.

Though Cormier has been fighting at light heavyweight for the past 4 years, he’s no stranger to fighting at heavyweight at an elite level. In Strikeforce, he won the Heavyweight Grand Prix and in King of the Cage, he held the heavyweight title.

The Miocic vs. Cormier superfight is set for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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