UFC 226: Miocic vs Cormier fight
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Jul 7, 6: 30p ET
Stipe Miocic broke that record earlier this year and looks to earn his fourth successful title defense next weekend in Las Vegas when he takes on light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the colossal UFC 226 main event, but before we get to that sure-fire instant classic, here’s a look back at some of the most iconic heavyweight title fights in UFC history.You can’t do a list like this and not include the very first time the title was won, especially not when it looked to be the dawning of a dominant era inside the Octagon.
Coleman won his first five UFC appearances in impressive fashion, claiming tournament victories at UFC 10 and UFC 11 with victories over the likes of Gary Goodridge, Don Frye and Brian Johnston. The former Olympian and Division I National champion was an absolute powerhouse who introduced ground-and-pound into the sport.
Severn entered as the reigning Superfight champion and was riding a nine-fight winning streak that included avenging his previous Superfight loss to Ken Shamrock and beating Paul Varelans, Tank Abbott and Oleg Taktarov in one night at Ultimate Ultimate 1996. “The Beast” had been the standard-bearer for how to effectively use wrestling in the Octagon up to that point, but all of that would change in Dothan, Alabama.
Coleman needed less than three minutes to maul Severn and become the first ever UFC heavyweight champion. His size, strength and style of grinding opponents into oblivion, “The Hammer” seemed poised to hold onto the belt for a long, long time.Coleman’s title reign lasted 170 days and the quick transition to a new champion would end up being a harbinger of things to come in the heavyweight ranks.
Smith entered as a sizeable underdog, but the kickboxer was able to nullify most of Coleman’s offerings on the ground, using an active guard to keep the Ohio State product from doing much damage and allowing Coleman to gas himself out. Every time Coleman looked to advance, Smith would get back to guard and the time between Coleman’s bursts got longer and longer. Once the initial 15 minutes were up, “The Hammer” was spent and Smith took over, dominating the overtime periods and completing the monumental upset.
The former champion Sylvia and the surging contender Mir collided in a battle for the vacant heavyweight title in this one and it became one of the most memorable moments in UFC history.
Twenty seconds in, the fight hit the floor. Thirty seconds later, the fight was over, as referee Herb Dean jumped in to wave off the fight, leading to a brief moment of controversy, as no one fully understood what had happened. What Dean saw – and the audience would later see via slow-motion replay – was that Mir snapped Sylvia’s arm while cranking on an armbar, and though the former champion seemed eager to continue, the bout was rightfully stopped and a new champion was crowned.
With the win, Mir moved to 8-1 overall and appeared on the cusp of a lengthy run atop the heavyweight division, but just like with Coleman, it wasn’t meant to be. While Coleman was toppled in the cage, Mir was felled on the road, as a serious motorcycle accident put him on the sidelines, prompting the UFC to initially introduce an interim title and ultimately strip Mir of the heavyweight strap.
Couture’s third heavyweight title win was easily his most memorable, as the former champion ended a 13-month hiatus by moving back up to heavyweight to topple Sylvia in what has to be considered the defining fight of his illustrious career.
Following his loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 57, “The Natural” hung up his four-ounce gloves and moved into the broadcast booth, but with Sylvia short on challengers, the 43-year-old Couture stepped up to the plate and took out the towering heavyweight champion.
While the fight as a whole was far from thrilling, it started off with a bang as Couture hit Sylvia with the Dan Henderson two-piece – a low, inside leg kick followed by a clubbing overhand right – that put the champion on the canvas in the first 10 seconds.
If you ever want to know why Couture is such a revered figure despite a 16-8 record inside the Octagon, pop in the tape of this fight. This is what made Couture special.With the help of newer technologies, it has become very easy to enjoy UFC 226 live on any gadgets. Fans can watch UFC 226 online on their Ipad, Mac, Pc, laptop or any Android device. They can watch and listen to the commentaries any time, any place, anywhere in the world. 226ufc.com engineered to offer highest quality live streaming services at the best prices. Fans only have to pay a little amount to enjoy the UFC Fight live streaming actions. The best part is, you get access for an entire year, so you’ll be watching and following your favorite player or competition throughout the entire season..Watch Now