Stipe Miocic has regained his belt against Daniel Cormier tonight and avenged his last year’s loss against DC. Miocic knocked out Cormier in the fourth round of their fight and reclaimed the throne in his style.
Despite being behind for most of the fight, Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) found a way to hurt his opponent. As usual, the big right hand was the decider, with Miocic blasting the opponent twice, and sending him to the fence. After that, there was no way for DC to get away from that position, and the judge in the octagon Herb Dean had to stop the fight.
Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), was better in all of the statistical parameters until the moment of his knockout. He had more power punches, was in control, and all of the judges gave him the advantage on the scoreboard. But it seems that Miocic waited for the latter part of the match to start bringing his fury into the ring.
“I just saw some weakness in that third round, then in the fourth round I caught him with that right hand,” Miocic said. “Thank God, because that mother(expletive) is tough.”
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During the first round, Cormier was better, had several good hits, and managed to take down Miocic but without some chance to finish him off. The second round was just a beauty to watch, with both guys trading punches and going after one another. We saw Miocic’s power hits for the first time, but that wasn’t enough for anything noticeable.
The third round was when things started to change. Although he didn’t do much except taking down Cormier, Miocic was looking much better. His breathing was steadier, and his stance seemed more solid.
Then in the fourth, the situation was changed completely. Miocic started harassing Cormier with massive body shots, who were creating a lot of trouble for him. With already heavy breathing, this was enough to entirely disturb Cormier, who was looking very tired and slow.
“I felt like it was hurting him,” Miocic explained why he used that many body shots. “His hands were dropping, and I started coming over the top more. My coach said to use that right hand. … I knew I was hurting him.
After one of those punches, Cormier stopped for a moment, and Miocic sent a right hook to his head. That shook DC, and Stipe hit him with the same punch twice more. Cormier was against the fence afterward, and there was no way out for him from that position. The UFC got back its old king.
In the moment of the knockout, all three judges were giving the advantage to Cormier, two of them 29-28, and one 30-27. However, Stipe was the one who had better tactics and won by wearing out the rival.
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Miocic is once again the heavyweight champion, and with this victory, his legacy has been defended. Many were doubting in his comeback, and the bookies were favoring Cormier to win again. Back at the UFC 226, he knocked out Miocic and established himself as one of the best fighters of all time. The rematch was settled immediately, but as time went by, the public started to doubt in Miocic’s capabilities,
The great champ eventually proved them all wrong.
DC, on the other hand, mentioned even before the match that he might retire after this event. At the age of 40, he isn’t willing to fight anymore. He repeated that after the battle, saying that he has to speak with his wife and family first, and then to make the final decision.
In other fights, Nate Diaz defeated via unanimous decision Anthony Pettis, Paulo Costa beat Yoel Romer in the say way, while Sodiq Yussuf knocked out Gabriel Benitez.
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