UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is defending his title for the fourth time this Saturday at UFC 226, this time in a superfight against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The event is scheduled to take place on July 7, during International Fight Week.
The Cleveland native has been dubbed "the baddest man in the planet" and many regard him as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time. Miocic has fought and defeated top UFC veterans like Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt.
During a recent media call to promote UFC 226, Miocic stated that this bout against the light heavyweight champion would help cement his legacy as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
"Daniel has fought and beat the best in the world, that's why it's a superfight," Miocic said.
When asked if he thought the ongoing Jon Jones-Cormier feud was taking attention away from their bout, the heavyweight star stated that he wasn't being affected by it at all.
"I'm only worried about my fight, that's all I care about and nothing's going to change,” Miocic said. “I've got a fight, I'm a fighter, that's what I signed up for."
Stipe is coming off a five-round war against heavy striker Francis Ngannou at UFC 220, which he won via unanimous decision after dominating Ngannou on the ground by using his wrestling skills.
Before the Ngannou fight, Stipe claimed that he wasn't getting the respect he deserved as a champion, even from the UFC President Dana White himself. After his successful title defense, Stipe didn't allow White to wrap the belt around his waist. Instead, he gave it to his head coach Marcus Marinelli, who then presented him with the title.
Miocic was asked if he would let White hand him the belt this time, but the heavyweight champ didn't give a clear response.
"When I win you'll find out," Miocic answered.
UFC 226 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on pay-per-view.