Stipe Miocic may have walked into his UFC 220 fight against the scary Francis Ngannou as the betting underdog, but he walked out the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport. He set the record for most successful heavyweight title defenses, which is only at three, to give you an idea of how hard it is to hold on to that particular championship.
Miocic has run through all of the top heavyweights in the company, beating Ngannou (No. 1 ranked), Alistair Overeem (No. 2), Fabricio Werdum (No. 3), Mark Hunt (No. 5), Andrei Arlovski (No. 12), and Junior dos Santos (currently unranked due to a USADA violation, but is a former champion and was ranked No. 4 not that long ago). So who’s left for the baddest man on the planet?
Dana White has an idea.
After UFC 220, White spoke with Megan Olivi of Fox Sports and revealed his next dream superfight — Stipe Miocic vs. UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title. Champion vs. Champion. Cormier also fought at UFC 220, mauling challenger Volkan Oezdemir in an easy title defense that lasted just a round and a half.
“[Cormer] looked phenomenal,” said White. “He pressed the pace, he was getting in his face and hitting him with big shots early on. He literally just took the fight away from Volkan. He looked incredible. He is one of the greatest to ever do it. I was just talking to him and I don’t see why he couldn’t fight at heavyweight you know”
Cormier used to fight at heavyweight, but decided to drop down to 205-pounds to let his teammate and training partner Cain Velasquez try and conquer the heavyweight division. Velasquez did win the championship, but numerous injuries have derailed his career over the past few years. He’s hoping to return to the octagon soon, as Cormier said in post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“And if he [Cormier] thinks that Cain might come back, well then if he won the belt he could give it up,” White continues. “But either way it is a good fight [Miocic vs. Cormier]. With all the defenses [Cormier] has, and Stipe just broke the record for most [heavyweight] defenses. It’s a fun fight. I think that is the fight that people want to see.”
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Miocic vs. Cormier would be a big marquee fight for the UFC, which they desperately need in the absence of huge stars like Ronda Rousey (retired?), Jon Jones (suspended), Conor McGregor (busy being rich), or Georges St-Pierre (retired again, maybe?). However, Cormier may have no interest in moving back up to heavyweight to fight a monster like Miocic when he seems perfectly capable of handling things at 205-lbs.
In the meantime, heavyweight contenders Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes (No. 9) will fight next month at UFC 221 in Australia and Derrick Lewis (No. 6) will take on Marcis Tybura (No. 8) a week later at UFC Fight Night 125. A dominant performance from one of those heavyweights could also make Miocic’s next title defense a bit clearer.