The UFC Heavyweight trilogy fight is finally upon us when Clevelnad’s own Stipe Miocic defends his belt against Daniel Cormier Saturday night in Vegas.
Stipe Miocic hasn’t fought since August 17th, 2019, when he took back his heavyweight belt from Cormier via TKO. But it was Cormier who ended Miocic’s reign atop the UFC 13 months prior in 2018 that shook the MMA world. At that time, Miocic had won six fights in a row and defended his belt a record three times; making him the greatest heavyweight in UFC history.
But Cormier caught him in 2018 to end the dominance Stipe had in the UFC for nearly half a decade. Now it all comes down to a third and final fight in Las Vegas this Saturday.
Cormier knocks out Miocic in 2018
Daniel Cormier has already stated this will be his last fight – win or lose – at age 41. Miocic is still working his regular day job as a fire fighter in Cleveland on top of being a world-class heavyweight. At age 37, this could very well be Miocic’s last fight as well. He has cleaned up everybody the heavyweight division has thrown at him including Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovsky, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier. If Miocic beats Cormier for a second straight time, he has to hang up the gloves, right?
Who else can he fight? Maybe Ngannou one more time. Sure, it well sell tickets. Current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones can step up a weight class. That would absolutely sell pay-per-views in 2021. But this could be it for our blue-collared friend Stipe Miocic.
Miocic returns the favor in 2019
The sports books have the fight at even money so pick your poison. How sweet would it be for Miocic to win one more fight, walk off into the sunset…with a Croatian flag draped around him?