In the August heat, UFC 241 will set ablaze to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on August 17 with a stacked night of action.
Heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic will run it back for heavyweight gold in the evening’s main event. Cormier took Miocic’s title in their first meeting, but history may be difficult to repeat as Miocic has had a full year to prepare to reclaim his gold.
Nate Diaz returns for a co-main event meeting against Anthony Pettis. Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa fight with a possible title shot on the line on the main card as well. The remainder of the UFC 241 bill is littered with talent.
The 13-fight card is the summer’s best, and MMA fans will flock as the sport’s highest prize is on the line.
It was thought Cormier would defend his title against Brock Lesnar in 2019. After all, Lesnar came into the cage after Cormier knocked Miocic out at UFC 226 to make the challenge. Instead, Lesnar decided against a return to MMA, per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
With Lesnar officially out of the way, Miocic got the rematch he desperately wanted.
Cormier is a perfect 15-0 at heavyweight. He cruised through Strikeforce’s division and won their heavyweight grand prix before coming to the UFC. He debuted against former heavyweight champ Frank Mir and went on to beat Roy Nelson. He was dominant. Then he moved to 205.
Miocic rose to the top during Cormier’s light heavyweight sojourn. He knocked out Fabricio Werdum to break Cleveland’s championship curse, and then he broke the UFC record for successful heavyweight title defenses (3). It is not a leap to say that these are two of the best heavyweights to ever step foot in the Octagon. Their resumes are undeniable.
Last July, Cormier ended Miocic’s historic title reign with a first-round knockout. Miocic was doing well with his reach advantage, but Cormier had his moments. Late in the round, they clinched, and it gave Cormier the space to take advantage of a technical flaw. In the post-fight interview in the cage, Cormier explained to Joe Rogan that during film study he and his team noticed Miocic exited the clinch with his hands low.
Studying paid off. Cormier’s overhand connected flush and earned him the championship.
But that was over a year ago. Class is back in session come UFC 241.
This is a special fight.
Miocic will have learned his mistake and be prepared for the rematch. It makes the rematch intriguing because both men will have to devise new game plans to execute on August 17. It is a fight all about who can make the right adjustments both entering and during the fight.
The fight could end in a flash or become an all-time, five-round epic. This is the height of heavyweight technique. Cormier vs. Miocic II is one of the year’s most exhilarating bouts