Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier set for champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 226; will also coach TUF 27

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

For the first time in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, two current champions, in two different weight classes, will serve as head coaches and also fight at season’s end.

The UFC has tapped heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier as the next head coaches of the reality show, the UFC announced Friday. Filming is scheduled to commence next week.

Following the conclusion of the show, the duo are scheduled to fight at UFC 226 on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for Miocic’s heavyweight title. Should he win, Cormier would become just the second fighter in UFC history to be a champion in two different weight classes at the same time, and the fifth fighter in total to be a two-division UFC champion.

Both Miocic (18-2) and Cormier (20-1, 1 NC) were victorious last weekend at UFC 220 in Boston. Miocic defeated Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision in the main event, while Cormier beat Volkan Oezdemir via second-round TKO in the co-main.

Prior to moving down to light heavyweight, Cormier went a perfect 13-0 as a heavyweight, picking up wins over Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva. He defeated Josh Barnett in 2012 to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

There’s a chance UFC 226 could feature three champion vs. champion fights. The UFC is considering booking flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw on the card, and earlier this week, women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino pitched the idea of fighting women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on July 7, as well.

The 27th North American edition of The Ultimate Fighter is scheduled to exclusively feature undefeated lightweight and featherweight fighters. The finals are set for July 6 in Las Vegas.


Stipe by KO

Gonna be fun though!

Jon is grinning because he gets to beat up whoever wins this fight

lol, sure....

….unless it is Stipe
Fuck fighting someone with almost your metrics….GOAT

Hey dummy dumb dumb, DC is confirmed to have weighed into fights at 235 lb

So there goes your "Weight" contention

I know your little dunderhead is going to shift the goalposts now and say


The funny part is, everyone used to say DC was such a potent wrestler because of his "short" height and low center of gravity


This is me discussing with you


Good call DC. Way to fuck Fabricio over from getting a rematch anytime soon.

I don’t blame Stipe for taking an easy fight after the monsters he has had to overcome. Stipe better work on his takedown defense though. DC’s wrestling is next level compared to Stipe.

Yeah, but DC has talked about how normal takedowns don't work on bigger guys.

Stipe should beef up a bit. I will be curious if DC can take Stipe’s punches. Could get interesting in the later rounds if he can.

Nah. DC is undefeated as a HW and has merked guys Ngannou's size.

Most misleading comment ever...

Say it straight… DC has had some success as a HW… but he’s never beaten anyone in the class that Stipe is in now. A lot gets made about DC’s undefeated HW run, but he only ever beat one guys who could have been considered top 5, and that dude was a distant 5.

Is it an easy fight or does he have to really work on his wrestling?

Some disadvantage with the wrestling yes but Stipe will have a game plan to deal with that, but advantage in boxing and massive 8 inch reach for Stipe.

I see DC going to sleep in round 1.

Neither of these guys are an easy fight. Period.

I can’t wait for this one, possibly Cormier’s last.

Smaller HW’s have always dominated the division Which is why Jon would beat either of them with relative ease

Some turd, who will be back in MMA in 4 years.

This could be true, but...

Jon Jones has never really looked good against guys who are his size (6"4+). He also doesn’t have the KO-power many of the heavyweights possess. I’d favor guys like Stipe Miocic and Fabrico Werdum in a fight against Jon Jones.

Does anyone watch TUF anymore?

I like D.C. in this fight.

Not sure why it’s easy.

Cormier would have finished Ngannu

More likely to get knocked out by Francis. Stipe has better foot work then Ngannu and faster hands. I think DC is slower then Francis in the early rounds and a very good chance DC kisses the canvas and even more likely vs Stipe who has wrestling too.

Maybe, it’s HW, after all!

Stipe’s big KO are usually counters against poor boxing. DC’s is underrated. And Francis looked poor on the ground. He muscled himself up against Stipe and I don’t think he would have had that kind of success against DC.

Either one could land a bomb and end it, but D.C. Shouldn’t be underestimated.

I agree that DC's boxing is underrated, the guy has stood successfuly with every single one of his opponents, but is it really better than Junior's?

Or Francis’? Or even Maldonado’s?

There are two things he does that might cost him against a well prepared opponent, just like leaning to the right cost him against Jon.

First, he likes to lean back to get out of reach instead of using his feet.

That’s nice when the reach difference isn’t big, but 8 inches is really signifficant. That’s one of the reasons why Jon landed that often on him even though he’s not half the boxer DC is.

He also likes to reach out and parry punches.

Again, that works to a degree against fighters with shorter reach, but it’s a death sentence against somebody like Stipe.

DC has a great coach and I’m sure they’ll have a great gameplan, but if they stand the whole fight, I’m afraid it won’t end well for DC.

And I don’t think there’s a slightest chance DC knocks him out with one punch, you can’t even compare his and Francis’ power.

If he was still on his feet after getting his brain rattled like this, there’s nothing DC can do.

Why on Earth would he stand the whole fight?

Cause he can't get a takedown.

Check out others comments I posted in this tread to get an answer to that question.

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