Stipe Miocic regained his heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier on August 17th, 2019. Finally, Finally Dana White confirmed that the trilogy will take place almost a year later on August 15th, 2020. This fight announcement could not have come soon enough as both fighters are most likely in the twilight of their careers. With Miocic and Cormier being 37 and 41 years old respectively, this trilogy does have a short shelf life.
Daniel Cormier has not fought since their 2nd match, which he lost via TKO in round 4. Daniel, who won the first encounter, had started strong before abandoned his game plan and plodded forward directly in the game plan of Stipe. Stipe Miocic has also not fought since he regained his heavyweight belt. Stipe Miocic is also a first responder, so he has been fighting outside of the octagon since the global coronoavirus pandemic.
Finally the fight has a date, and Miocic vs. Cormier 3 take place at the UFC APEX. The UFC is the only major sport that has managed to navigate the covid-19 infected waters thus far. Fight fans and sport fans in general are certainly grateful that Dana White has managed to keep putting on events during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is unlikely when fans would be able to attend a UFC, let alone any live sporting events. Dana White had a lot to say on the subject following UFC on ESPN 11.
“I just don’t see that happening any time soon in the United States. I could see it happening in another country. Not here though. Again, you can’t f**king believe anything you read. You don’t know what’s true and what’s not true. You’re hearing flatten the curve and the curve had flattened. Now they’re saying things are spiking up in Texas and Arizona and Florida and all these other [places]. I don’t know the answers to this stuff. It’s why I just stay in my lane. We’ve got the APEX. We’ve got ‘Fight Island’ we’re kicking off here soon. I am not even thinking about doing an event with fans.”-Dana White
This does make sense, and as unfortunate as it is, putting on events without fans must be a logistical nightmare. Regardless of live fans, two of the worlds greatest heavyweight fighters are set to fight in August, and that is something to be grateful for.