Who is the greatest UFC Heavyweight champion of all time? Is it Stipe Miocic or is it Daniel “DC” Cormier? Being that they are tied up at one fight apiece, we need a trilogy tiebreaker fight to decide.
Now, this tiebreaker should go down in front of a sold-out crowd at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse here in Cleveland, Ohio. However, that will not be coming to fruition due to the current situation that we are all experiencing at this moment. Instead, Miocic and Cormier will hold their tiebreaker trilogy fight at a crowd-less arena at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, August 15 with the main card starting at 10:00 p.m. eastern time on ESPN+.
The first fight between Stipe and Cormier went down on Saturday, July 7, 2018, from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stipe was attempting to make the fourth title defense of his UFC Heavyweight Championship. Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion at the time but was interested in becoming a two-division champ.
Both fighters got in some pretty good offense over the beginning few minutes of the first round. But, unfortunately, due to the utilization of some eye pokes, Cormier was able to land the big shot that knocked out Miocic and allowed him to capture the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
After losing the belt, Stipe took some time off, which DC seemed to take exception to. This was because he felt like Miocic was almost, in a way, being petty after the loss.
But DC would have to back up those words. He would be making his second title defense of his heavyweight championship after defeating Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC 230.
The rematch between Miocic and Cormier took place from the Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, in the main event of UFC 241 on August 17, 2019. Cormier seemed to be in the control for a majority of the fight, most notably by securing a takedown on Stipe with approximately three minutes remaining in the first round.
However, as the fight kept progressing, Miocic began to make the adjustment of going to the body shots late in the fourth round and he could tell that they were affecting Cormier. Thus, Stipe kept piling them up until the ref was left with no choice but to stop the fight.
This brings us to the present day, where there does seem to be a bit of bad blood between these two fighters and it is presumably going to boil over inside the octagon.
To add another very interesting layer onto this story, Cormier has said that this is going to be his last fight and he will retire. But what happens if he wins the belt against Stipe? Then, does Cormier still retire or does he try to defend the belt? There has also been speculation that Stipe might also retire after this fight, but what happens if he retains the belt? Would he go for another title defense or would he still retire?