Randy Couture Breaks Down Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier
Few fighters are more qualified to break down the upcoming super fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier than UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.
Throughout his legendary career, Couture reigned as both heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, which is the exact matchup that’s about to unfold at UFC 226 when Miocic clashes with Cormier.
Couture sees advantages for both fighters in this matchup and he says the outcome really depends on two key factors for Cormier and Miocic.
“Obviously, I think Daniel started in the heavyweight division, he’s a big guy, he’s got a great wrestling pedigree and he’s facing arguably the best heavyweight out there right now in Stipe Miocic. It’s going to be an interesting, technical fight,” Couture said this past weekend at the International Sports Hall of Fame in Columbus, OH.
“I think if Daniel can find a way to make Stipe Miocic wrestle him as much as possible during the course of that fight, it’s going to be a good night for him. If Stipe uses his range and striking IQ to keep Daniel off of him, it could be a good night for Stipe. It’s one of those fights, toss a coin, who’s going to win.”
Couture obviously doesn’t have a dog in the fight considering he’s never trained with either fighter nor has coached Cormier or Miocic during his career.
That being said, Couture does feel some allegiance towards Cormier as a fellow wrestler and he feels that if the former two-time Olympian can employ a grappling heavy strategy that he might just walk out of UFC 226 as a two division champion.
“I’m a wrestler, so I tend to feel like that wrestling pedigree is going to work well for Daniel,” Couture said. “But Stipe’s one of the toughest guys out there. He’s a great fighter.”
Watch the interview with Couture as he talks about the UFC 226 main event and he also addresses the question if Stipe Miocic is already the greatest heavyweight of all time.