It’s officially on.
Daniel Cormier will fight UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on Aug. 15 at UFC 252 in the United States, UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday. The venue has yet to be determined.
Cormier, a former Oklahoma State All-American wrestler and two-time Olympian, has split his first two fights against Miocic. Cormier (22-2) defeated Miocic (19-3) the first time they fought, at UFC 226 in July 2018, via first-round knockout to become the promotion’s second fighter to hold two titles simultaneously. Miocic, who holds the record for most title defenses in UFC heavyweight history at three, evened the score with a fourth-round knockout at UFC 241 in August 2019.
Both fighters expressed interested in a third chapter to the rivalry, but Miocic delayed the fight because he’s a part-time firefighter and his gym was closed due to the state of Ohio’s health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The UFC has held five events without fans and a limited amount of personnel since May 9, three at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, and two at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.