It will be a champion versus champion "superfight" at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with light-heavyweight Daniel Cormier moving back up to his former weight class - heavyweight - to challenge record-breaking UFC heavyweight king Stipe Miocic.
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Cormier and Stipe Miocic are getting it done Saturday night.
Referee Herb Dean had to call the fighters in to tell them to start engaging.
"This is the ultimate thing you can do in this sport", Cormier said.
If Cormier can win and claim two championship belts at the same time, it will be one of the most impressive accomplishments in MMA history. Those guys eliminate themselves.
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Cormier elected to drop to light heavyweight only because his friend Cain Velasquez held the UFC heavyweight belt at the time. "He's an incredible fighter, far be it from me to be critical of someone so great but you're asking me, there you go", Bipsing said.
"I know what he's capable of doing, but it's nothing that scares me", Miocic said.
"Stipe and I were in the heavyweight division at the same time". I also think just mixing in the takedown and just having that threat of the takedown, can shut down a fighter's offense. I haven't lost a round at heavyweight.
"I'm 5-foot-11, at best, in my tall shoes, and I'm a grinder, and that's what I'm going to do on Saturday". Miocic was not impressed and actually shoved the ref, but he was done and only taking more damage. "I'm excited. I love being champ. Certainly puts him there", Bisping said about Cormier. It's exactly what he did against Oezdemir, a devastating puncher like Miocic, until he was able to get the fight to the floor where the former Olympic wrestler lives and breathes.
"That's fine", Miocic retorted. That's what I do. "Guess what? He'll get knocked out, too".