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Daniel Cormier claims UFC heavyweight championship with KO of Stipe Miocic

09 July 2018

He added fuel to the speculative fire on Saturday night by making the rounds cageside at UFC 226 in las Vegas, but then turned the fire into a red-hot blaze when he later entered the Octagon. The 5-3 former UFC heavyweight champion defeated Hunt via unanimous decision. Brock Lesnar is apparently back in the mixed martial arts business.

And nearly nobody actually pulls them off. He won the Strikeforce heavyweight title before leaving the division when he joined the UFC because he didn't want to fight Cain Velasquez, his training partner and the former UFC heavyweight champ.

Cormier (20-1), the affable light heavyweight champ, is moving up to challenge Miocic (18-2), the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history, in the main event of the UFC's biggest pay-per-view show of the summer. "So let's do it". "He's an incredible fighter, far be it from me to be critical of someone so great but you're asking me, there you go", Bipsing said.

"I don't know if he's the [greatest of all time]. This is the kind of fight you always wonder about".

The Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou heavyweight fight was poised to be a thriller when it was announced as the co-main event at UFC 226 - but it did not live up to the hype.

While the event has taken a big hit with Max Holloway's removal from his title fight with Brian Ortega after showing concussion-like symptoms during fight week, the card is still stacked with star power. Top contender and three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson recently signed on to fight against Volkan Oezdemir, who lost to Cormier in January.

Cormier has been trying to carve a niche of his own but the specter of Jon Jones looms no matter how high he flies. "Certainly puts him there", Bisping said about Cormier. 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.

UFC 226 ended on a high note after Brock Lesnar made an appearance. His standout wrestling skills have been insurmountable for nearly every opponent except Jon Jones, who has beaten him twice. Cormier said Lesnar is stuck in the stone age. On the feet, obviously Stipe's much taller, much longer and I would say probably the better striker as well. That's the only time I ever had the reach advantage.