Get ready for one of the great MMA ‘superfights’, with UFC 226 headlined by the showdown between champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
- Miocic – 18-2-0 (13 wins by KO, 1 win by submission)
- Cormier – 20-1-1 (9 wins by KO, 4 wins by submission)
- Miocic def Ngannou (Decision – unanimous) @ UFC 220, Boston, Massachusetts on January 20, 2018
- Cormier def Oezdemir (TKO – Punches) @ UFC 220, Boston, Massachusetts on January 20, 2018
Final Thoughts: Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier both successfully defended their titles at UFC 220 in January, paving the way for a feverishly anticipated ‘superfight’ between the veterans in Vegas this weekend at UFC 226.
Miocic has already created history by becoming the first fighter to defend the UFC Heavyweight Championship more than twice (this is his fourth title defence), while Cormier is aiming to become just the second fighter to become champion in two weight divisions simultaneously (after Conor McGregor).
Pundits are hailing this bout as a fight for the ages, with compelling arguments able to be made for both to get the victory. Underdog Cormier – who has never lost to anyone other than the revered Jon Jones – has the tools required to cause an upset, with his striking against Volkan Ozdemir a surprise feature of his last fight.
But Miocic boasts speed uncommon amongst heavyweights, while also possessing enough power to rack up 13 knockouts in his 18 career fights. The Ohio native’s KO victory over Alistair Overeem was a defining moment but equally his methodical dismantling of Francis Ngannou to win by decision highlighted what an outstanding all-round fighter he is. His last loss came almost four years ago.
We’re leaning towards Miocic but given Cormier has never been knocked out – and the fact Miocic has just one submission in his UFC career – expect it to go the distance.