Hard-hitting heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou will now assume the co-main event spot, with both men looking to angle themselves towards a shot at the title with a win. This guy has done things that no other heavyweight has ever been able to do, and I've defended that light-heavyweight title three times. That result was later overturned to a no-contest after Lesnar failed a pair of drug tests by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
"I don't know where they are in the process, but he's going to pop up (on USADA's list) here soon", White said. Now he is ready to move back up to heavyweight for at least this fight, and he weighed in at 246 pounds, 3 more than Miocic.
Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice.
The Vegas bookies, though, still have Miocic as the prohibitive favourite going into Saturday's big fight. "I think he definitely has the power advantage, and I also think because of his wrestling background, it's going to be very hard for DC to take him down consistently", Florian explained when speaking to MMAWeekly. "I'm a two-division champion, baby". Afterward, Cormier invited former UFC heavyweight champion and current World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Brock Lesnar into the cage. It's a clash between two likable heavy hitters who, pardon the worn cliché, leave it all out on the mat every time they throw down. Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree kicked off the PPV card with a surprising first-round stoppage of Gokhan Saki, a heralded Dutch kickboxer in his third pro MMA fight. Miocic was not impressed and actually shoved the ref, but he was done and only taking more damage.
"I think it's going to be an interesting fight. I worked way too hard for it to give it up now".
"Not having to cut any weight is very pleasant", Cormier said with a laugh.
"The only way he can win is to knock me out". He reddened Miocic's face with punches, and the finishing sequence was reminiscent of combinations he threw the last time he fought at heavyweight, in 2013.