Before Daniel Cormier came along, Stipe Miocic was considered the greatest heavyweight in the world. The 36-year-old defended his UFC heavyweight title a record-breaking three-times, winning two of those title defenses via knockout.
At UFC 226, however, that championship winning streak came to an end, as former Olympian Daniel Cormier shocked the world by KO’ing Miocic in the first round to become the promotion’s first-ever simultaneous light heavyweight and heavyweight champ.
Cormier then went on to defend his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis, submitting ‘The Black Beast’ in the second round of the UFC 230 main event to cement his position as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Miocic will look to prove Cormier’s KO win at UFC 226 a fluke but, according to ‘DC’, the part-time firefighter from Independence, Ohio is just not good enough to beat him.
“I understand that he’s gonna be better,” Cormier said at a recent UFC promotional press conference, per MMAWeekly. “I think he’s a good champion. He’s a good fighter. I just don’t think he’s good enough to beat me.”
UFC 241, which features Cormier vs. Miocic as the main event, takes place next month, August 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.