The UFC returns for its next pay-per-view offering as UFC 226 takes place on Saturday, July 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main event features Stipe Miocic defending the heavyweight championship for the fourth time against current light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.
The co-main event features featherweight champion Max Holloway defending his belt against No. 1 ranked Brian Ortega.
Miocic (18-2) made his record-setting third consecutive title defense when he dominated and battered Francis Ngannou to win by unanimous decision at UFC 220. When asked about the possibility of facing Cormier, the part-time firefighter dismissed the notion. He was focused on the pending birth of his first child, wanting to relax and be away from the sport. A win over someone the caliber of Cormier will cement Miocic as the greatest heavyweight of all time.
After blasting Volkan Oezdemir by second-round TKO at the aforementioned UFC 220, Cormier (20-1, 1 NC) was noncommittal on moving back up to heavyweight and facing possibly the best fighter the division has ever seen. He wanted to spend time with his family and due to the pending return of former heavyweight titleholder and good friend and main training partner Cain Velasquez, Cormier didn’t want to step on his toes. Cormier looks to become only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time. If he does pull off the monumental feat, it would be hard to deny Cormier the title of greatest fighter of all time.
But, things drastically changed as less than ten days after UFC 220, Miocic and Cormier agreed to meet in what usually is the biggest fight week of the year and be coaches on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
UFC 226 is the most top heavy card of 2018: a headline fight with history-making implications on the line, a co-main event highlighted by a dominant champion and an undefeated challenger and a heavyweight fight between the two hardest punchers in the division.
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UFC 226 date, start time
UFC 226 takes place on Saturday, July 7. Pay-per-view coverage will begin at 10 p.m. Miocic and Cormier should enter the octagon at around 12:30 a.m.
How to watch UFC 226
The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $64.99. For more information on how to order UFC 226 Miocic and Cormier, contact your service provider.
You can also live-stream UFC 226 and the Miocic vs. Cormier main card on UFC.TV for $64.99.
UFC 226 fight card
- Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Daniel Cormier (c-LHW) for the UFC Heavyweight title
- Max Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for the UFC Featherweight title
- Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis; Heavyweight
- Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis; Lightweight
- Gökhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.; Light Heavyweight
- Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa; Middleweight
- Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry; Welterweight
- Raphael Assunção vs. Rob Font; Bantamweight
- Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin; Welterweight
- Dan Hooker vs. Gilbert Burns; Lightweight
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