Daniel Cormier to move up in weight for UFC 226 heavyweight title bout vs. Stipe Miocic
Jan 26, 2018 | by Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff Writer
Officials announced the main event on Friday. Miocic (18-2) will be seeking his fourth consecutive heavyweight title defense. Cormier (20-1), the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, will move up in weight.
When asked by TMZ Sports if he had any reservations about moving up a weight class, Cormier said, “Nah — I just want to fight. And plus, it’s such a big opportunity that it’s one of those you can’t really pass up when it’s offered to you.”
“I’ve never been afraid of a fight,” Cormier said. “It was always about whether or not it worked in terms of what I was trying to do and what my teammate had going.”
The UFC 226 pay-per-view event will take place at T-Mobile Arena.
It is the first UFC title fight between two undisputed champions since then-featherweight champion Conor McGregor moved up in weight to challenge Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. It’s one of several “champion vs. champion” title fights the UFC is seeking this year.
“It’s a big deal, a great opportunity to fight the greatest heavyweight champion of all time and try to submit myself as one of the best fighters to ever do it,” Cormier said.
Before headlining UFC 226, Miocic and Cormier will serve as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, which is set to feature cast members with undefeated records.
Miocic, of Cleveland, is coming off a successful title defense against Francis Ngannou at UFC 220. The 35-year-old set a new UFC record for the most consecutive heavyweight title defenses. Fighting out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, Cormier also defended his title at UFC 220, as he knocked out Volkan Oezdemir in the second round. Cormier’s only professional loss is against Jon Jones, at UFC 182 in 2015. He intends to retire by March 2019.