January 27, 2018 / 9:17 AM / 7 months ago

Cormier aims for second belt with Miocic title fight

(Reuters) - Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will attempt to emulate Conor McGregor and grab a second belt when he steps up a division to fight Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight strap in July, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced.

FILE PHOTO: Jan 20, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Daniel Cormier (red gloves) celebrates his victory against Volkan Oezdemir (not seen) during UFC 220 at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Both men successfully defended their titles at the UFC 220 recent event in Boston and will now meet in a hotly-anticipated showdown for Miocic’s heavyweight belt at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 7, the organisation said in a statement.

With a win, former Olympic wrestler Cormier, 38, can emulate Irishman McGregor and become the second fighter to hold titles in two UFC weight classes simultaneously.

In the run-up to the fight, the pair will act as coaches on the 27th series of the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show, the UFC said.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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