Before we begin, on Wednesday Cat Zingano, who competed in the UFC as a Bantamweight, was released by the promotion.
Expect some fireworks on Saturday night in Anaheim, as Honda Center plays host to one of the most anticipated MMA events to-date in 2019, UFC 241. The main card will air at 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT on ESPN+ pay-per-view in the United States. To pre-order, access www.plus.espn.com/ppv today.
For our friends in Canada, contact your local cable company to pre-order the event. If you wish to watch UFC 241 at a bar, simply access www.bars.ufc.com and enter your ZIP code. From there, you’ll see a list of bars in your area, confirmed and otherwise, to be showing the event. For the unconfirmed bars, call ahead.
Early prelims will stream on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday evening, followed by the TV prelims on ESPN at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT. Highlighting UFC 241 is a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight championship.
In the main event of the evening, incumbent Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will lock horns with Stipe Miocic, the longest-running champion in UFC Heavyweight division history (three times over the course of 785 days from May of 2016 to July of 2018.)
If this fight ends in a draw after a judges’ decision, Cormier will retain the belt.
The first meeting
Miocic fought Cormier on July 7, 2018 in UFC 226 on pay-per-view. That night, Cormier scored a first-round knockout of Miocic to end his reign as champion.
Heading into Saturday night’s rematch, Stipe Miocic is the taller contestant, standing 6-foot-5, six inches taller than Daniel Cormier’s 5-foot-11 frame.
Daniel Cormier has posted a record of 4-0-1 in his last five UFC fights. Most recently, he scored a second-round submission (rear-naked choke) in UFC 230 last November against Derrick Lewis on pay-per-view to defend his title.
In the other corner, challenger Miocic has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, looking to avenge his loss against Daniel Cormier in UFC 226 last summer.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Miocic has the advantage in reach (80 inches to 72.5 inches), with Cormier owning the leg reach advantage (41.5 inches to 39 inches.)
Prediction: Stipe Miocic by first-round TKO.
Other fights on Saturday night’s main card
No. 9 contender Anthony Pettis (22-8) vs. Nate Diaz (20-11) [Welterweight, co-main event]
No. 2 contender Yoel Romero (13-3) vs. No. 7 contender Paulo Costa (12-0) [Middleweight]
Gabriel Benitez (21-7) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (9-1) [Featherweight]
No. 8 contender Derek Brunson (18-7) vs. No. 10 contender Ian Heinisch (12-1) [Middleweight]
UFC 241 at a Glance
Early prelims: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass
Late prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT, ESPN
Main card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT, ESPN+ PPV
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