Current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic put his title on the line against reigning light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in the headliner of tonight’s UFC 226 event in Las Vegas.
Stipe Miocic entered tonight’s contest on a six fight win streak, sporting an overall record of 18-2.
Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier is 20-1 in sum, his latest win coming over Volkan Oezdemir via second-round TKO at UFC 220 in Boston.
Round one begins and Miocic takes the center of the cage. Cormier is circling along the outside. He misses with a low kick. Miocic closes the distance and lands an uppercut. “DC” grabs a hold of the clinch and lands an uppercut. They break and Cormier connects with a low kick follows by a right hand. The fighters clinch up and it goes to the ground with Miocic on top. “DC” gets back to his feet and the fighters continue to battle against the cage. Knees from Miocic. Cormier with some shots while pressed against the cage. He is warned not to hit the back of the head. Cromier with a right hand and then a stiff jab. Miocic walks forward and connects with a right. Stipe looks way bigger than Cormier. The fighters grapple for position. Cormier breaks free from the fence and circles out. Stipe with a nice jab and then a hook. He lands another combination. Cormier comes back with a left. He leaps in with a nice combination. Cormier with a slap but it hits Miocic in the eye. We have a short stoppage so Miocic can recover. “DC” receives a warning and then we restart. Cormier with a one two. He lands a right hand and Miocic is down. Ground and pound its over!
Earlier this week, unfortunate news struck the mixed martial arts world when ESPN announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had been forced out of his scheduled UFC 226 title fight with Brian Ortega.
“Blessed” was hospitalized due to concussion-like symptoms and thus removed from this weekend’s highly anticipated UFC 226 pay-per-view fight card.
Max Holloway (19-3 MMA) has not competed inside the octagon since defeating Jose Aldo in their rematch this past December at UFC 218 in Detroit.
This marks the second time in a row that the Hawaiian champion has been forced out of a scheduled fight.
Back in April, “Blessed” was slated to fill in as a short-notice replacement against current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 but was eventually pulled from the bout after being deemed medically unfit to compete.
Max Holloway recently took to social media where he issued the following statement regarding his removal from UFC 226.
“It was what it was,” Holloway began. “Respect to Ortega and his team. Thank you [Dana White] and the [UFC] staff for making my health priority. Also thank you to [Jeremy Stephens] and [Frankie Edgar] for being about that champ life and stepping up. I see you. To all the fans I know this rollercoaster can be frustrating because my team is also on it with you. All I can say is I’m truly sorry and I hope you guys stay buckled in because it is far from being over. Don’t let the bad surprises distract you from the good surprises in this great sport. The best is still blessed.”
Holloway also responded to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champ Conor McGregor, who both wished him well after his UFC 226 withdrawal.
“Thank you my brother,” he said to Nurmagomedov. “I know you know what it is because your whole team is champions. Peace be with you.”
“Thank you champ champ,” he said to McGregor. One of the best minds in this game said we win or learn. This is learning for me. Hope to see you back brother.”
When do you think we’ll see Max Holloway back in the UFC’s Octagon?
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will no longer be defending his title against undefeated contender Brian Ortega at UFC 226.
ESPN first reported the news that Max Holloway (19-3 MMA) has been hospitalized due to concussion-like symptoms and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 226 co-headliner against “T-City”.
Holloway’s management team released a statement to MMAjunkie with some details on the situation:
“Max’s team and UFC staff noticed Max was not normal since late last week. This became obvious to many watching his interviews and public appearances the past few days.
“He was showing concussion-like symptoms before he even started his weight cut and was rushed to the ER on Monday where they admitted him overnight. Initial scans seemed okay, and he was released Tuesday afternoon, but symptoms still continued.
“Max fought with his team to continue with the fight. He showed some improvement over the next day but was still showing obvious symptoms. After open workouts, he crashed and was very hard to wake up. When he did, he had flashing vision and slurred speech.
“He is now back in the ER for further tests.”
It is unknown at this time whether or not the UFC will try and find a short-notice replacement for Brian Ortega.
A women’s flyweight title fight featuring top contender Valentina Shevchenko taking on current division champion Nicco Montano is in the works for September’s UFC 228 event.
“The Bullet” took to Twitter earlier today with the following message for Nicco Montano encouraging the current 125-pound champion to sign the fight agreement.
“Hey Nicco, finally! Sign the fight agreement first. You changed your word once already. No trust before I will see the paper from you. See you in octagon #ufc228 #september8” – Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina Shevchenko made her highly anticipated flyweight debut this past February in Brazil where she put on an absolute clinic against Priscila Cachoeira which culminated in a second-round submission victory.
“The Bullet” has gone 15-3 during her mixed martial arts career, which includes a victory over former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm.
Shevchenko’s two UFC losses have both come at the hands of current UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, with both decision victories for “The Lioness” being considered highly controversial.
As for Nicco Montano, the first ever UFC women’s flyweight champion was most recently seen in action this past December in Las Vegas where she defeated Roxanne Modafferi via decision to claim the promotions newest title.
Montano has gone 4-2 overall in her young mixed martial arts career, scoring two TKO victories in that time.
The long awaited Shevchenko vs. Montano fight announcement could be made official shortly as BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor reported earlier today that verbal agreements were now in place.
“No contracts have been signed but I’m told verbal agreements are in place to have Valentina Shevchenko challenge Nicco Montano for the UFC flyweight title at #UFC228”
UFC 228 takes place September 8 but the event location and venue have yet to be announced by the promotion.
Two other fights have already been announced for UFC 228. A featherweight scrap between Yair Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov, as well as a bantamweight bout between Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson.
Who are you picking to walk out of UFC 228 with the women’s flyweight title, Valentina Shevchenko or Nicco Montano?