UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic II

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UFC 241

The Spotlight

With UFC 241 less than a week out it is time to start getting excited and this card has a lot to be excited about.
At the top of the card we have current UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a rematch against the man he defeated for the title, Stipe Miocic.

Cormier vs. Miocic
Daniel Cormier faces Stipe Miocic in a rematch for the UFC heavyweight championship.

Miocic has the record for consecutive heavyweight title defenses and was being discussed as the greatest heavyweight of all time. The road to glory for Miocic was filled with legendary names and many fearsome moments. Being known for surviving punishment only to come back and defeat an opponent makes for great highlights. That is until the damage toll is too high and the durability begins to suffer.
Has this happened to Miocic or is Cormier just that powerful in his natural weight class? This is why we will all be glued to our screens as the two compete for not just a heavyweight title but possibly the title of greatest heavyweight of all time.

Pettis vs. Diaz
Anthony Pettis welcomes Nate Diaz back to the cage at UFC 241.

One of the unicorns of mixed martial arts will make his long, long waited return to the octagon as Anthony Pettis takes on Nate Diaz this weekend at the Honda Center.

The beloved Diaz has not been in competition since UFC 202 in August of 2016 when he dropped a decision in his rematch with Conor McGregor that is still a contentious point with fans.
Standing across the cage from Diaz will be a man on a mission to excite with Pettis coming off second round knockout of Stephen Thompson via superman punch. With both men being fan favorites and proven track records for excitement this could be fight of the night.

Anthony Pettis and the Showtime kick.

Best Body Championship

Romero vs. Costa
Yoel Romero takes on surging talent Paulo Costa in a fight that promises to decide the best body in the UFC.

In this writer’s humble opinion we now move on to the real main event, a competition to decide the difference between a mortal and a god.
We have Yoel Romero and his age defying physique taking on Paulo Costa and his testament to USADA testing.

We have not seen Romero in action since he dropped a close split decision in a rematch against UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in an absolute war.
Romero is called the Soldier of God for a reason and is known for his explosive style that leads to brutal endings for his opponents. At the age of 42 it seems Romero has even found a way to beat father time with absolutely natural hard work and clean dieting leaving him the current bearer of the best body belt.
Though there has been a noticeable increase to the defensive breaks Romero takes during his fights he has done well with using efficient movement and feints to create openings for his punishing explosive moments.

Best Body
Costa takes on Romero for the best body belt this weekend.

Meeting him this weekend will be the surging beast Borrachinha Costa who is an undefeated contender vying for the best body championship.
Having never seen a third round and an impressive 12-0 record featuring 11 KOs and 1 submission Costa is looking to make a statement against an elite of the middleweight division. With an exciting style that has thus far avoided the judges and a body chiselled from granite Costa has a good shot of taking home the best body belt.
The danger for Costa lies in his lack of head movement as Romero is a master of timing explosive shots with heart stopping accuracy.

Romero KOing Weidman
Romero punishing a poor entry.

Sneaky Goodness

It is not just the main card that promises to deliver your money’s worth at UFC 241 so here are some fighters to keep your eye on hidden on the preliminary card.

Hiding on the preliminary card there is the absolute gem of bantamweight stalwart Raphael Assuncao looking to bounce back from his loss to Marlon Moraes earlier in the year. He will be facing number nine ranked Cory Sandhagen who is looking to continue UFC success and push in to the top five.
This fight should be a spectacle and will help to decide what the top of bantamweight will look like.

In another fight sitting further down the card that you need to get eyes on is submission wizard Manny Bermudez will face Casey Kenney who is coming off his UFC debut with a win over Ray Borg.
The 25 year old Bermudez comes in to this fight with a perfect 14-0 record and only going the distance twice in this run. A proven finisher looking to build a name as a fan favorite means you would be crazy to skip this showing.

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