By Patrick DeMoss | July 5, 2018–This week Stipe Miocic looks to defend his heavyweight strap for the fourth consecutive time against current light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier in a true superfight, on a stacked card you don’t want to miss. Also, PFL 3 will be airing as well, featuring Jake Shields starring in the main event…This is MMA 360.
This Week in MMA
Feel blessed MMA fans, because this week is jam-packed exciting fights from start to
finish. Thursday marks the 3rd event of PFL which features Jake Shields taking on Ray Cooper
III. Shields actually fought Coopers father way back in the early parts of his career. Despite the
storyline here for Cooper to avenge his father, I think Shields is just way too much of a monster
on the ground and in the grappling exchanges for him to be able to handle.
Also, PFL features many UFC veterans, such as Rick Story, Eddie Gordon, and John
Howard. Many UFC vets have found their new home in the PFL, which many like Eddie
Gordon, have found to be a smooth transition.
Before UFC kicks off 226, they will air the TUF 27 finale Friday, which features a huge
middleweight bout between Brad Tavares and rising superstar, Israel Adesanya.
UFC 226 is going to be the biggest card of the year to date…mark my words. Unfortunately, though, news has just broken that the co-main event is scrapped as Max Holloway had to pull out due to a possible concussion. No word yet on whether the UFC will try to replace Holloway and have Brian Ortega fight for an interim belt, or just have an opponent in general.
Although a massive loss to the card, it is still heavily stacked with amazing fights from
head-to-toe. For starters, Daniel Cormier is making his move back up to heavyweight to challenge Stipe Miocic to attempt to become a simultaneous two-division champion…and only the second man to do so. To do this though, he’s going to have to get past a dangerous and in-prime Miocic, which seems a near impossible task these days.
The longer this fight goes, the better it is for Cormier, and to be honest, that’s how I see this playing out. Cormier has been quite successful at heavyweight and has had former
heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez as his primary training partner for years. I see Cormier using his dirty boxing and wrestling to grind out Miocic for a gruesome five rounds and become the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world.
Francis Ngannou also makes his return to the octagon after suffering his first loss in the
UFC to Miocic back at UFC 220. He’ll take on Derrick Lewis, who is coming off a TKO win of
Marcin Tybura. This is an interesting fight as someone has finally proved that Ngannou is
human…but his power is still unearthly. If Lewis can come in and mix in wrestling in his
gameplan, he may be able to grind out Ngannou, but Lewis isn’t particularly known for his
wrestling, nor his stamina. This is Ngannou’s fight to lose, and if he’s patient, I see him finding
his shots within two rounds.
Former lightweight champion, Anthony also will meet Michael Chiesa, as well as
Gokhan Saki returning to action against Khalil Rountree Jr. to wrap up the main card.
The prelims are also stacked, with the feature being a pivotal middleweight bout between
Uriah Hall, and Paulo Costa. Hall needs this win to remain relevant and climb his way back
towards possible title contention. With a win here, Costa will gain some serious traction and
possibly earn a top 5 opponent.
Also, lightweight contender, Paul Felder has stepped in to take on Mike Perry on late
notice at welterweight…so expect some huge fireworks from start to finish.
Last Week in MMA
Bellator 201 stole last week as the sole event, at least on the large scale, and had some
interesting fights. Ilima Macfarlane once again displayed her dominance with a third-round
submission over Alejandra Lara.
Also, Ryan Couture suffered a first round TKO loss to the hands of Saad Awad. Former
UFC contender, Valerie Letourneau displayed dominance as well with a unanimous decision
over Kristina Williams… interesting to see where she will go next.
Other than Bellator, no real big events went on, but our recap next week should be full of
exciting content, as well as the look ahead.