Miocic has more to lose; he has defended the heavyweight title three times already and faces Cormier, who is the light-heavyweight champion and has never lost. McGregor briefly held both the featherweight and lightweight crowns at the same time in 2016.
The UFC's annual International Fight Week show in its hometown also includes a tantalizing heavyweight matchup between sluggers Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou. Now he is ready to move back up to heavyweight for at least this fight, and he weighed in at 246 pounds, 3 more than Miocic.
Cormier called out Lesnar to join I'm in the cage following the victory, which Lesnar obliged, before shoving the new heavyweight champion across the Octagon and all hell broke loose. "They can't go as hard as me".
"Every person I fight is bigger than me", Cormier said. "From crying in this octagon nearly a year ago, to leaving as the heavyweight champion".
"Not having to cut any weight is very pleasant", Cormier said with a laugh.
The fight pits two of the UFC's most popular world champions head-to-head, in a fascinating battle of champions. His potential appearance at UFC 227 against Ortega, as has been rumored (Holloway's health permitting), may go a long way towards answering that question. Jeremy Botter was first to report that Lesnar would challenge the victor of Saturday's heavyweight title fight at UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden. That has tarnished the legacy of Jones and opened the door for Cormier to claim the moral high ground in the debate over the best fighter of all-time.
Historically, UFC has always made a special effort to promote a stacked card on the weekend of the 4th of July, and this year is no different.
As expected, Lesnar will challenge Cormier for the heavyweight belt, though a date and location aren't determined. By comparison, Miocic landed 24. Perry outlanded his his foe 23 to 22 in round one and 17 to 12 in round two. Pettis (21-7) staggered his larger opponent with a right hand before winning for just the third time in eight fights since 2014. Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree kicked off the PPV card with a surprising first-round stoppage of Gokhan Saki, a heralded Dutch kickboxer in his third pro MMA fight.
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Even Daniel Baddiel, one of the comedians who helped create the song, has joined in the fun to celebrate England's advancing team. I mean, Italy is not playing this World Cup and a lot of Italians have chosen England as their favourite.