The UFC’s 7th annual International Fight Week pay-per-view event boasts two title bouts that are equally worthy of headlining duties.
In the main event of UFC 226, current Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier will look to join Conor McGregor to become only the 2nd man in the history of the sport to hold two world titles simultaneously. All he has to do is defeat a man who many have no issue calling the greatest UFC heavyweight of all-time in Stipe Miocic.
Cormier is no stranger to fighting inside of the heavyweight division, the NCAA Division I All-American and Olympic Freestyle Wrestling standout holds a perfect record of 13-0 with dominating performances over the likes of Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Josh Barnett and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, back when Bigfoot was regarded as one of the top heavyweights in the world. He’ll face his toughest test to date north of 205 lbs in the form of the fighting pride of Independence, Ohio.
Since knocking out Fabricio Werdum in an away game at UFC 198 in Brazil, Miocic’s victories over Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou made him the lone record holder for most title defenses as a UFC Heavyweight. He’ll look to further separate himself from the pack inside of the T-Mobile Arena on July 7th.
In the co-main event of the evening, Max Holloway will continue his quest to become the greatest 145’er of all-time when he attempts to put the first blemish on Brian Ortega’s perfect record.
With two nearly identical TKO victories over Jose Aldo, Holloway was given the opportunity to become a 2-division division champ at UFC 223 following a freak injury to former Lightweight Interim Champion Tony Ferguson. Due to weight cutting issues, the ‘Blessed’ Hawaiian would also be forced off the card, which means that fans are now guaranteed one of the more intriguing match ups in the history of the 145 lbs division.
With a second scheduled match up between Holloway and Frankie Edgar being scrapped due to an injury, Ortega would fill in for the champ at UFC 222 last month where he would make history by becoming the first man to finish the future Hall of Famer. Oretga softened Edgar up with a vicious elbow before landing one of the nastiest uppercuts you’ll ever see to turn Edgar’s lights out, solidifying himself as the new top contender for Holloway’s title.
It all comes full circle in Vegas this July 7th when these two begin what could become a rivalry for the ages.
Tickets for this event currently on sale for UFC Fight Club members and go on sale for UFC newsletter subscribers tomorrow, Thursday April 26th, at 10 a.m. ET. The general public will get to purchase their tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27th. Tickets range from $85 – $800 and can be purchased via AXS.com.
The PPV will go live at 10 p.m. ET and will preceded by the FOX Sports 1 prelims at 8 p.m. ET and UFC Fight Pass exclusive bouts at 6:30 p.m. ET. Here is your full fight card for UFC 226 ‘Miocic vs. Cormier’ as it stands today:
Heavyweight Championship Bout
Stipe Miocic (c) (18-2) vs. Daniel Cormier (lhwc) (20-1)
Featherweight Championship Bout
Max Holloway (c) (19-3) vs. Brian Ortega (14-0)
Francis Ngannou (11-2) vs. Derrick Lewis (19-5)
Light Heavyweight Bout
Gokhan Saki (1-1) vs. Khalil Rountree (6-2)
Uriah Hall (13-8) vs. Paulo Costa (11-0)
Raphael Assuncao (26-5) vs. Rob Font (15-3)
Yancy Mederios (15-5) vs. Mike Perry (11-3)