Daniel Cormier Makes History at UFC 226 with Win Over Stipe Miocic
UFC fighter Daniel Cormier has become the second fighter ever to hold two UFC belts at the same time.
Updated: July 8, 2018 • 11:55 AM ET
Daniel Cormier has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest UFC fighters ever.
For months, the fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier was called a superfight. One champion against another, with a shot of “greatest of all time” status on the line. Yet, on a night when many stars were in attendance and several contenders in two divisions watching, Daniel Cormier had the better night of the two champions.
Light heavyweight champion Cormier defeated Miocic by first-round knockout on Saturday night and has now become just the second fighter in UFC history to hold two UFC belts at the same time. He, like most fighters and coaches predicted, landed a perfectly placed right hand from the clinch, which is where most thought he had the advantage, and dropped Miocic unlike the former heavyweight champ has ever been dropped in his career.
After the fight in the Octagon, Cormier promptly called out WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar just so happened to be in attendance, which begs the question, who writes this stuff? Well, it isn’t written, and even the best writers couldn’t come up with this kind of script on the fly, right?
Cormier is now the heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, and there’s no doubt his call out of Lesnar was somewhat planned, should he have gained the victory. Consequently, certain fighters in both divisions will have to wait for a title shot.
Saturday night’s co-main event was between former heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou and Derek Lewis, a lackluster fight that Lewis won by decision. The winner could have been expected to get a shot at the heavyweight title, but it’s unlikely. Curtis Blaydes sits as the No. 2 ranked heavyweight, but with Lesnar now back in the picture, a matchup with Lewis or Ngannou seems likely for his next fight, not a shot at Cormier and the title.
In the light heavyweight division, a rematch between Cormier and No. 1 ranked Alexander Gustafson would be ideal, but Gustafson will fight in August against Volkan Oezdemir, the last man to challenge Cormier for the light heavyweight title. So, all signs point to a Lesnar versus Cormier bout, unless of course Jon Jones comes back from suspension sooner than expected — he being the only man to defeat Cormier.
Jones could challenge Cormier for the title in either division, which would create a ratings frenzy. But, that couldn’t possibly happen, right?
At the end of it all, Cormier proved that he’s one of the greatest fighters of all time, and if he can somehow fight Jones for the third time and defeat him, he could go down as truly “the greatest of all time.”
Miocic, in defeat, remains the most successful heavyweight in UFC history and will go down as one of the best.
The rest of the main card
Derek Lewis defeated Francis Ngannou by unanimous decision
Mike Perry defeated Paul Felder by split decision
Anthony Pettis defeated Michael Chiesa by second0round submission (armbar)
Khalil Rountree defeated Gokhan Saki by first-round KO
Paulo Costa defeated Uriah Hall via second-round TKO
Raphael Assuncao defeated Rob Font via unanimous decision
Drakkar Klose defeated Lando Vannata via unanimous decision
Curtis Millender defeated Max Griffin via unanimous decision
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