Saturday, july 7, 2018,
Las Vegas, Nevada
UFC 226 will blow the roof off of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 7th.
There has been a mixed bag of main events headlining UFC all year long. But at UFC 226, MMA fans will get their first heavyweight champion versus champion SUPERFIGHT!
The UFC 226 Headliner
Stipe Miocic (c) -260 V Daniel “DC” Cormier (c) +220
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will go head-to-head at UFC 226. Both fighters have taken out every major contender within their own divisions leaving only one option. FIGHT!
Miocic is coming off a unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220. He has also defended his heavyweight belt a record three consecutive times! Can he hold off DC?
Cormier also defended his title at UFC 220 in Boston. He beat Volkan Oezdemir with a second-round TKO. If DC wins this fight, he will be the second fighter in UFC history to hold two different titles in two different divisions at the same time.
Max “Blessed” Holloway -210 (c) V #1 Brian “T-City” Ortega +175
Holloway is defending his UFC featherweight title for the second time. The 26-year-old Hawaiian is riding a 12-fight win streak dating to 2013.
He faces Ortega who is fighting out of So Cal. The challenger earned a featherweight title shot by knocking out Freddie Edgar at UFC 222.
#1 Francis “The Predator” Ngannou -320 V #5 Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis +260
Ngannou lost his title shot to the aforementioned Miocic for the title at UFC 220. Before that loss, the French-Cameroonian heavyweight had beaten all six UFC opponents he faced with four fights ending in the first round.
In his last fight, Lewis KOed Marcin Tybura. He has 17 career wins by knockout.
#9 Michael “Maverick” Chiesa -145 V #12 Anthony “Showtime” Pettis +125
This fight was originally scheduled for UFC 223 until Conor McGregor's bizarre bus attack at the card's media day. After the dust settled, Chiesa suffered multiple cuts on his face. Combine that with weight-cutting complications and the fight was postponed.
When: July 7, 2018
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier knocks out Stipe Miocic for heavyweight title. You may or may not agree with placing Daniel Cormier in the conversations among the greatest of all time in the UFC, but after what took place on Saturday night at UFC 226, he has certainly earned the recognition. Cormier went into the Octagon looking to make history and become a simultaneous two-division champion by defeating reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic -- and DC did just that.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis
Derrick Lewis wins lackluster decision over Francis Ngannou. The UFC 226 heavyweight co-main event between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis seemed to promise an orgy of violence, as two of the heaviest hitters in the history of the sport got set to throw down, with perhaps a title shot going to the winner. Instead, the duo, who earned KO/TKO wins in 24 of their previous 30 combined wins, engaged in a staring contest at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In a bout color commentator Joe Rogan called the worst heavyweight fight he’d ever seen, Lewis got the nod on a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were a pair of 29-28s and a 30-27.
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Anthony Pettis gets back to his winning ways with armbar vs. Michael Chiesa. It may have been just a glimpse but Anthony Pettis is starting to look like the UFC champion of old again. The former 155-pound king and Wheaties box cover boy recorded his most impressive victory in years on Saturday when he submitted Michael Chiesa in the second round of their lightweight bout at UFC 226 inside T-Mobile Arena. Pettis (21-7) dealt equally well with the constant scrambling and steady trash talk from Chiesa (14-4) to force the tap via triangle choke at 52 seconds of Round 2.
Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.
Khalil Rountree Jr. ends Gokhan Saki's night early with brutal KO. Decorated kickboxer Gokhan Saki's crossover into mixed martial arts just faced a thundering setback. Saki (1-2), a Dutch striker of Turkish descent, was unable to follow the smashing success of his UFC debut last September as one punch from Khalil Rountree Jr. led the way to a first-round knockout loss at UFC 226 inside T-Mobile Arena. The underdog Rountree (7-2, 1 NC) found success on his feet early with counter right hands from the southpaw stance. But it was a 1-2 combination, with a pawing jab following by a straight left hand, that floored Saki before hammer punches from Rountree forced the stoppage at 1:36 of Round 1.
The rest of the card
Khalil Rountree def. Gokhan Saki via first-round TKO (punches)
Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via second-round TKO (punches)
Yancy Medeiros V Mike “Platinum” Perry (Cancelled)
Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dan Hooker def. Gilber Burns via first-round KO/TKO·R1 02:28
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.