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He was sacked up and excited for this fight.

Everybody in mixed martial arts loves to talk about them.

Saturday night, he will try to keep his win streak alive against Daniel Cormier. The reigning heavyweight champ looked visibly out-of-sorts, a stark contrast to the often-composed Miocic we usually see.

"Yeah, you're strong", Cormier said. Everybody wants to see this kind of fight, but nobody ever actually takes the risk and does it.

Cormier called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout. "But I don't know if he's going to be around. He's an incredible fighter, far be it from me to be critical of someone so great but you're asking me, there you go", Bipsing said. "This is the kind of fight you always wonder about".

It's important to note that the UFC has not officially announced Lesnar's return.

Gold was also supposed to be on the line in the co-main event as featherweight kingpin Max Holloway was expected to face off with undefeated challenger Brian Ortega.

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Cormier has spent the past five years fighting at the light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds.

Cormier, who had already been warned about extending his fingers, dug his finger into Miocic's eye. Miocic forced a clinch and sloppily pulled out of it moving towards his left, running straight into Cormier's huge right hand. Cormier swarmed, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. 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.

Cormier would have remained in the heavyweight division, but he elected to move down to the light heavyweight division because of his teammate, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Cormier, meanwhile, has mowed down everyone put in front of him not named Jon Jones.

"Every person I fight is bigger than me", Cormier said this week in Las Vegas. "The last time I fought somebody I was bigger than was in 2010, and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there". I don't know where they are in the process. I'm not going to reinvent the wheel nine years into my career.

"I'm 5-foot-11, at best, in my tall shoes, and I'm a grinder, and that's what I'm going to do on Saturday".

If Cormier can win and claim two championship belts at the same time, it will be one of the most impressive accomplishments in MMA history. Aside from the physical disparities preventing many bouts, some champions have too much to lose to step outside the usual confines of their ambition. He's certainly in discussion for it alongside Georges St-Pierre and Demetrious Johnson.

Sporting a splint courtesy of an injury to his finger, Cormier's first order of business is to heal up from a damaging training camp. 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.


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