Lesnar was brought cageside for the main event fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, and was sitting with Dana White.
Saturday’s fight was exciting from the start.
Cormier, however, returned with a jab and hard leg kick.
And nearly nobody actually pulls them off. An eye-poke stopped the action briefly as Cormier was given a stern warning for keeping his hands open.
UFC 226 will be taking place in T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday, July 7, with the main event fight at 7pm PT, 10pm ET, 3am Sunday BST and midday Sunday AEST. Shortly after the belt was wrapped around DC’s waist, former Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar came in the cage and pushed Cormier hard. The odds differ somewhat depending on where you shop but getting an nearly 2-1 return on a fighter like Cormier is just too good to pass up. “This is the chance for both of us to prove what we can do in unique circumstances”. “When was the last time I was bigger?”
Lesnar referred to Miocic as a piece of crap and then said to Cormier, “I’m coming for you mother [expletive]!” And if you’re a BT subscriber but are out of the United Kingdom at the moment, then you can always use a VPN to tune in.
While the event has taken a big hit with Max Holloway’s removal from his title fight with Brian Ortega after showing concussion-like symptoms during fight week, the card is still stacked with star power.
The heavyweight champion stands at 6-foot-4 and has an 80-inch reach, while Cormier stands 5-foot-11 with a 72-inch reach. He has successfully defended the heavyweight strap in three consecutive bouts. Cormier laid out his belief that the oddsmakers have the fight wrong making Miocic about a minus-240 favorite because while Cormier can win through his wrestling and submissions, or through the clinch or potentially even as a boxer, Miocic may need to rely exclusively on his power.
Cormier weighed 246 lbs., while Miocic weighed-in at only 242.5 lbs., so Miocic won’t have a major weight advantage when they’re in the clinch and leaning into one another. It happened earlier in his MMA career in light heavyweight title fights against Jon Jones.
The best part is that Fight Pass offers a FREE seven-day trial. Cormier was victorious in the fight and became the new heavyweight champion in the first round of the fight.
Defending champion Miocic was typically unruffled by Cormier’s comments when they were put to him during his media scrum later that afternoon.
“I walked in the building and watched the heavyweight disaster from the beginning”, Lesnar said. It should also be noted that the recent wave of CTE cases hammering the National Football League from players of another era has resonated throughout all professional sports, causing the overlords of those concerns to take an overly cautious approach in the way they handle their talent. “I’m a grinder, and that’s what I’m going to do to Stipe”.
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. The heavyweight champ is listed as a -230 while Cormier is the +185 underdog. After reigning for more than two years atop a notoriously unstable division, Miocic didn’t hesitate to risk his belt in a career-defining bout.