Daniel Cormier, the UFC's reigning 205-pound world champion, jumps up to heavyweight for a title fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in Las Vegas' iconic T-Mobile Arena. Tickets for the July 7 event are on sale now right here on AXS.
Already an all-time great, Cormier looks to cement his legacy as a pound-for-pound legend by becoming one of the few fighters in UFC history to win belts in more than one weight class. To achieve the rare accomplishment, which has been done by only four men in UFC history, he'll have to slip past Miocic -- arguably the top power-puncher in the sport.
There's little doubt that Miocic is a world-class fighter, arguably the greatest big man to ever grace the world-famous Octagon. The heavyweight icon, 35, holds wins over the likes of Junior dos Santos, Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum, among others. He's a well-rounded brawler, with highly technical wrestling to go along with his elite striking and devastating grappling game. Does he have enough to stave off Cormier's Olympic-level wrestling? Fight fans will find out in the main event of UFC 226.
In the co-main, featherweight champion Max "Blessed" Holloway puts his title on the line against surging prospect Brian "T-City" Ortega. The 26-year-old Holloway holds one of the longest-running win streaks in the UFC, having gone undefeated since 2013. However, Ortega is coming off a huge win over Frankie Edgar, a victory that propelled him high up the ranks and into title contention. He is one of the best young prospects in the game today.
Elsewhere on the UFC 226 card, heavyweights collide when Derrick Lewis meets Francis Ngannou. The PPV spectacular will be part of the UFC's International Fight Week for 2018.