Croatian-American UFC champion Stipe Miocic will be back in the octagon in July to defend his title for the fourth time.
UFC has announced that Miocic will fight current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (38) in a battle of the champions.
Miocic and Cormier will square off for the heavyweight belt in Las Vegas on July 7 as part of UFC226.
Miocic created UFC history last weekend after beating Francis Ngannou at the TD Garden in Boston when he became the first heavyweight to successfully defended his title three times.
The 93 kg Cormier beat Volkan Oezdemir last weekend in Boston and the battle of the champions immediately sparked up interest on social media after it was announced.
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Miocic is hungry to add another belt to his collection.
It will be the first time in UFC history that a current champion will challenge for the heavyweight title.
“I don’t see why he couldn’t fight at heavyweight. If he thinks Cain might come back, then if he won the belt he could give it up. But either way, it’s a good fight. With all the defenses he has, Stipe just broke the record for most defenses, so it’s a fun fight,” UFC President Dana White said.