Countdown To UFC 241 Featuring Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic, Nate Diaz
Preview the two main fights scheduled for this Saturday night at UFC 241 as Daniel Cormier faces Stipe Miocic and Anthony Pettis battles Nate Diaz.
The UFC heads to Anaheim, California and the Honda Center this Saturday night with UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2.
In the featured bout, Daniel Cormier defends his UFC heavyweight title against former champion – and the fighter Cormier won the belt from last year – Stipe Miocic. “DC” scored a finish over Miocic in the first meeting, and the part-time Ohio firefighter will look to gain a measure of revenge in the rematch.
Cormier, who turned 40 years old earlier this year, has hinted this could be his final time fighting. The former Olympic wrestler has started finding his new career choices, which include working as a commentator for fights and coaching high school wrestling.
Daniel Cormier Vs. Stipe Miocic 2
Miocic, meanwhile, was on quite the roll after winning the title with a shocking knockout of Fabricio Werdum in Brazil. He scored three consecutive title defenses over Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou, setting a UFC division record. Related: UFC 241: Stipe Miocic Says Daniel Cormier In Store For Something A Lot ‘Different’
The UFC 241 fight card will also feature the long-awaited return of Nate Diaz, as he meets former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at welterweight. Diaz has not fought since his majority decision loss to Conor McGregor, which came just a few months after he handed McGregor a submission defeat.
Anthony Pettis Vs. Nate Diaz
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Pettis has found his calling at welterweight after competing at 155 pounds and dropping down to featherweight. “Showtime” picked up a second round knockout vs. former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson this past March. Related: UFC 241 Primer: Nate Diaz Vs. Conor McGregor 1
The rest of the UFC 241 fight card is filled with interesting matchups as Yoel Romero takes on Paulo Costa, Gabriel Benitez faces Sodiq Yusuff and Ian Heinisch tries to continue his rapid ascend up the middleweight ranks against top contender Derek Brunson.
On ESPN, the prelim main event features Clay Collard battling Devonte Smith, with Raphael Assuncao squaring off against Cody Sandhagen.
UFC 241: Cormier Vs. Miocic 2 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
UFC Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Stipe Miocic
Welterweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz
Middleweight: Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa
Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)
Lightweight: Clay Collard vs. Devonte Smith
Bantamweight: Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen
Bantamweight: Manny Bermudez vs. Casey Kenney
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose vs. Christos Giagos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Strawweight: Hannah Cifers vs. Jodie Esquibel
Bantamweight: Kyung Ho Kang vs. Brandon Davis
Female Flyweight: Sabina Mazo vs. Shana Dobson