UFC 226: Heavy Hitters Vie for Crown

09 July, 2018, 04:17 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Daniel Cormier faces Alexander Gustafsson in 2015

- WWE has posted their first public comment on Brock Lesnar's appearance at UFC 226 and upcoming fight with Daniel Cormier.

Cormier (21-1, 1 no-contest) flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right elbow out of a clinch. DC is now the first-ever simultaneous light heavyweight and heavyweight champion in UFC history.

The right hand that landed on the chin, though, made Cormier one of just five men - along with Randy Couture, B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre - to win titles in two different weight classes. Now he is ready to move back up to heavyweight for at least this fight, and he weighed in at 246 pounds, 3 more than Miocic.

Lesnar, a professional wrestling superstar and former UFC champion, was sitting cageside at the event and entered the Octagon after Cormier, a pro wrestling fan, called him up. Cormier laid out his belief that the oddsmakers have the fight wrong making Miocic about a minus-240 favorite because while Cormier can win through his wrestling and submissions, or through the clinch or potentially even as a boxer, Miocic may need to rely exclusively on his power.

"I told [Lesnar] to relax and calm down, we get it, there's going to be a fight, calm down", White said.




"So I'd say 'one of the greatest of all time, ' which isn't too shabby to say but [it's] hard to say the greatest".

He'll have to face a remarkable fighter in Cormier, who was a heavyweight amateur wrestler before his late-starting MMA career. Lesnar must be in the pool again for six months before he is allowed to compete again with UFC, so if he has indeed re-entered that testing pool again, his return to UFC is most certainly on.

Cormier is at least 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-4 Miocic, who has a whopping 8-inch reach advantage. Miocic pressed the light heavyweight champion up against the cage and landed a knee.

The night's heavyweight co-main event between contender Derrick Lewis and former title challenger Francis Ngannou was expected to deliver an exciting clash, and possibly an early knockout finish. "I'm a two-division champion, baby". Welterweight Mike Perry also earned a copiously bloody split-decision victory over Paul Felder. "The last time I fought somebody I was bigger than was in 2010, and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there".

That's a big, big difference, and could easily be the difference in the fight.

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