Daniel Cormier will have the opportunity to make history later tonight (Sat., July 7, 2018) at UFC 226 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he challenges Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight championship.
If “DC” is able to get past Miocic he will become just the second fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two belts in different weight classes (Conor McGregor being the first).
It’s an incredibly opportunity to say the least, especially considering Cormier last fought at heavyweight back in 2013. But fight fans should not forget how dominate the UFC light heavyweight champion was back when he was competing at heavyweight. Cormier not only defeated the likes of Josh Barnett and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva en route to claiming the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but he swiftly beat down Frank Mir and Roy Nelson after stepping over to UFC five years ago.
After making a transition to light heavyweight in 2014 to avoid an eventual heavyweight showdown with teammate and best friend Cain Velasquez, Cormier is coming back home. It will be a chance for him to shed his past failures opposite nemesis Jon Jones at 205 pounds and prove once again that he’s one of the very best fighters in the world. It provides him the opportunity to separate himself from his divisional ties to “Bones” and create his own history in a different weight class.
If Cormier can return to his old stomping grounds and knock off a champion who just set the UFC record for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses (3) then it’s possible that the 39-year-old will go down as one of the top five best fighters of all time. Because even though Cormier was unable to get over the hump against Jones at light heavyweight, he’s on the cusp of doing something that Jones has only dreamed about.
That’s the ultimate one-upper if you ask me. Unfortunately, it will have to come at the expense of Miocic this weekend in Las Vegas.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 226 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.