Daniel Cormier was set up to make history tonight at UFC 226, and the light-heavyweight champ did just that, by knocking out now former heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic.
Miocic came out pressuring from the get go, and fired off some big rights. Cormier attempted to clinch up, but Miocic countered well and controlled the position. As the round hit the midway point, Cormier started to tag Miocic with some hard jabs. Then, as the round neared it’s conclusion, Cormier dropped Miocic with a massive right hook and finished the fight with follow up punches.
Miocic protested the stoppage, and even pushed referee Marc Goddard, but the replay showed he was badly hurt.
Cormier becomes just the second man ever to hold two UFC titles at once, and the fifth fighter in UFC history two win titles in two divisions.
Brock Lesnar was in attendance, and Cormier called the former champ into the cage, who proceeded to push “DC”. Then Lesnar ran with a heavy, pro-wrestling promo…which included calling Francis Ngannou and Miocic pieces of “s–t”. It was an awkward, over the top conclusion to what was a historic moment in MMA history.
Here are the complete results for UFC 226, which was hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (punches) R1, 4:33
Derrick Lewis def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Mike Perry def. Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis def. Michael Chiesa via submission (triangle-choke / armbar) R2, 0:52
Khalil Rountree def. Gokhan Saki via KO (punches) R1, 1:36
Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via TKO (punches) R2, 2:38
Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Drakkar Klose def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns via KO (punches) R1, 2:28
Emily Whitmire def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)