UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier took a tumble just after last night's UFC 226 pre-fight press conference before limping off-stage. Now he gets a chance to do something Jones never has and that is rule the heavyweight division. Last time he got disrespected. "But this is bigger, due to the fact he openly said himself, 'I don't know if I would ever [fight the heavyweight champion]'".
To his credit, Cormier can make a compelling case about why it's possible for him to become the second fighter in UFC history to hold championship belts in two different weight classes at the same time.
"Every person I fight is bigger than me", Cormier said this week in Las Vegas. And when they do happen to find themselves in that kind of fight, they're prone to running out of gas. "So this will be the first time he's fighting somebody that can do everything".
"I feel a lot of people are thinking he's going to win", Miocic said.
Boasting a 20-1 record, Cormier is the stronger wrestler of the two and will look to use his speed and power to get up close to Miocic. He lay on the floor for a few seconds before getting up and limping offstage.
Cleveland's champ, Stipe Miocic, will try to bring home another title to Northeast Ohio. Ngannou will have to earn that title shot as he is also on the UFC 226 slate battling knockout artist Derrick Lewis.
Saturday night, he will try to keep his win streak alive against Daniel Cormier.
UFC 226's co-main event was supposed to feature a featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. Miocic would lose only once more - to Junior Dos Santos - before winning the heavyweight title against former champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in 2016.
Dana White, UFC's president, calls tonight's fight a big notch in Stipe's career. However, the bout was pulled from the card after Holloway experienced concussion symptoms during fight week.
It just seems as though the UFC can't catch a break these days.
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