(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier bout from Las Vegas is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 7, at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.)
The UFC is back to its home base in Las Vegas for its cornerstone event of the year. UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier features a superfight that anchors the MMA juggernaut’s International Fight Week.
Record-setting heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic puts his belt on the line for the fourth time against light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier in the night’s main event.
Miocic (18-2) won the belt by defeating Fabricio Werdum in 2016. He has gone on to defend it three times – beating Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, and Francis Ngannou – something no other UFC heavyweight champion has ever done. He’ll look to extend his record, as Cormier returns to the heavyweight division for the first time since defeating Roy Nelson in 2013.
If victorious, Cormier (20-1, 1NC) would become only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two title in two different weight classes at the same time. The only other fighter to do that is Conor McGregor, though the Irishman never defended either belt before eventually being stripped of both titles.
The UFC 226 fight card is stacked, but none of the remaining bouts compared to the co-main event, which was set to feature featherweight champion Max Holloway putting his undisputed belt on the line for the second time, as he was to square off with top contender Brian Ortega.
Unfortunately, Holloway was displaying continued symptoms of a concussion during fight week and was removed from the UFC 226 fight card on Wednesday. Ortega opted to wait for Holloway to recover and fight him on another event instead of accepting a new opponent.
With the bout’s removal, a pivotal heavyweight showdown between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis was elevated to co-main event status and a welterweight bout between Paul Felder and Mike Perry was shifted to the main card on pay-per-view.
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