For the first time in UFC history, the heavyweight and light heavyweight champions will square off in the Octagon when Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier meet at UFC 226 in Las Vegas on July 7. Miocic opened as a -185 favorite with Cormier coming back at +155.
Miocic, who will put his title on the line, is riding a six-fight winning streak with five victories coming by first-round knockout. The Cleveland native has placed himself firmly in the discussion of greatest heavyweight of all time with a suffocating victory over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220. With that win, Miocic set the new record for consecutive heavyweight title defenses at three.
Cormier is no stranger to the heavyweight division, as “DC” opened his professional MMA career a perfect 13-0 at the weight class before moving down to light heavyweight. Cormier has quietly put together one of the most impressive resumes in all of mixed martial arts with wins over Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson and Frank Mir.
In other UFC fight news, Cormier will be attempting to become just the second fighter in history to hold two UFC belts simultaneously, joining Conor McGregor, who accomplished the feat in 2016.
Odds as of July 6 at Sportsbook