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International Fight Week in Las Vegas got more hype in July, but Saturday night’s UFC 241 simply feels like the biggest event of the summer.
The card is chock full of interesting storylines, from the UFC heavyweight title rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Stipe Miocic, to the much-awaited return of Nate Diaz, who meets Anthony Pettis in the welterweight co-feature bout.
UFC 241 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Without further ado, then, let’s get right into nine key storylines leading into Saturday night’s card:
Can ‘DC’ cement his status as the heavyweight GOAT?
The fact Cormier’s highest-profile fights were a loss to Jon Jones and a second loss to Jones which later became a no-contest tends to obscure what should be a celebrated storyline to DC’s career: His phenomenal record at 265 pounds.
Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) is 15-0 over the course of his career at heavyweight, a run which included the Strikeforce grand prix tourney win which put him on the map and three victories over men who held the UFC heavyweight title.
He won the title, of course, over Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 226, toppling the only man ever to successfully defend three times a belt with a lineage that dates back more than two decades.
Fedor Emelianenko’s long reign atop the heavyweight list is warmly remembered for good reason, but the caliber of competition is vastly improved since his time. Cain Velasquez’s injuries got in the way of what could have been HW GOAT status. If Cormier can, at age 40, once again stop Miocic, it’s going to be increasingly difficult to make the case for anyone else as the HW GOAT.
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