Daniel Cormier brutally knocks out Stipe Miocic to become double UFC champion

09 July, 2018, 04:14 | Author: Christina Harvey

It appears Lesnar, a former UFC champ who still has to serve a suspension for a failed drug test, will get the next title shot.

"I should be in the conversation", Cormier said. Miocic pressed the light heavyweight champion up against the cage and landed a knee.

In a sport where size definitely, matters, it's hard not to wonder whether there's any real way that Cormier is going to be able to overcome his size disadvantage when he steps into the octagon against Miocic on Saturday night in the main event at UFC 226.

Cormier (21-1) flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right elbow out of a clinch.

If Cormier can win and claim two championship belts at the same time, it will be one of the most impressive accomplishments in MMA history. Cormier has said in the past that he plans to retire when he turns 40 next March, so it remains to be seen if he'll ever defend his light heavyweight title again. The 39-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native was flawless outside of few eye pokes, one of which left Miocic in visible distress, resulted in a brief pause and prompted referee Marc Goddard to issue a stern warning. "I never thought I would fight him, but Brock Lesnar, get your ass in here!" The first was Conor McGregor, who accomplished the feat in late 2016.




As bigger than Cormier as Miocic has looked this week, when they weighed-in on Friday morning the scales told a different story. Miocic weighed in at 242.5; Cormier weighed in at 246.

This is only the third time that two current UFC champions have faced off inside the Octagon, which stands to reason why this is such a marquee fight for the promotion.

"Not having to cut any weight is very pleasant", Cormier said with a laugh. He made his most recent trip to the cage at UFC 200, where he originally scored a victory over Mark Hunt.

The Cleveland firefighter hadn't lost since December 2014 and hadn't been stopped since September 2012. "(Francis) Ngannou is a piece of sh*t!

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis also submitted Michael Chiesa in the second round with a triangle armbar from a bottom position. Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree kicked off the PPV card with a surprising first-round stoppage of Gokhan Saki, a heralded Dutch kickboxer in his third pro MMA fight.

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