UFC 226: History on the line in main event

UFC 226 Cain Velasquez Daniel Cormier

GETTTUFC 226 Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier at the UFC 200 post-fight press conference

The two are scheduled to fight in a heavyweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas.

The heavyweight champion stands at 6-foot-4 and has an 80-inch reach, while Cormier stands 5-foot-11 with a 72-inch reach.

He's dealt with this before, in other words, and given that Cormier's professional record is officially 20-1-0, he's done enough that people probably shouldn't be writing him off just because his arms are shorter than his opponent.

Cormier weighed 246 lbs., while Miocic weighed-in at only 242.5 lbs., so Miocic won't have a major weight advantage when they're in the clinch and leaning into one another. Her high school-age son was about to take to the mat to wrestle someone he describes now as "A really tough kid", and the odds were stacked against the kid who would become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

"It's the same, man, these guys are all the same", Cormier said "I approach them all the same way".

The best part is that Fight Pass offers a FREE seven-day trial. "I mean, this is way bigger than him". Cormier, meanwhile, has mowed down everyone put in front of him not named Jon Jones. And in addition to the pace, Cormier holds intangibles like heart, work ethic and a championship mindset - which sounds cliche, but all of it combined means it's almost impossible to keep up with him the deeper a fight goes.

Daniel Cormier wants to be considered one of the greatest fighters of all time.

"Every person I fight is bigger than me", Cormier said. "I just like shutting people up and I'm gonna keep doing it". "I'm a grinder, and that's what I'm going to do to Stipe".

Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre pounded lightweight champ BJ Penn in a four-round stoppage victory in 2009, punishing Penn so badly that he didn't remember the final two rounds.

And that was it before Cormier and Miocic agreed to try it.

Anderson Silva constantly discussed changing divisions during his long reign as middleweight champion.

In 2007, he committed to being a full-time heavyweight fighter, and began one of the biggest career (and body) transformations ever seen in MMA history. After reigning for more than two years atop a notoriously unstable division, Miocic didn't hesitate to risk his belt in a career-defining bout. I don't know if that's even allowed.

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