The term ‘super fight’ is thrown around more often then it should be these days. Ever since WME bought the UFC in 2016 the sport has featured more and more money fights, but none as big as this. For the first time ever, the Light heavyweight and Heavyweight Champions of the UFC squared off at UFC 226.
Daniel Cormier began his career at heavyweight and went undefeated in that time, going 13-0 and winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. This fight was his first was the first time DC had fought at heavyweight since a win over Roy Nelson in 2013. Stipe Miocic, on the other hand, has cemented himself at the top of the 265lbs division and holds the record for the most heavyweight title defenses with three.
When both Cormier and Miocic defended their titles at UFC 220 in January against Volkan Oezdemir and Francis Ngannou respectively, UFC president Dana White saw the opportunity to book one of the biggest fights available to the organization. The two men then went on to coach The Ultimate Fighter season 27 against one another in anticipation for the fight.
Another dimension of drama was added to the fight on Thursday at the press conference when Cormier tripped over a monitor while leaving the stage leading to many wondering whether it would affect his performance in the fight. The fight was over in the very first round after several minutes of the fighters trading punches and grappling exchanges. DC eye poked Stipe early on as well, which appeared to stun the champ slightly, resulting in a ‘stern’ warning for DC.
DC claimed victory after clinching then dirty boxing with Stipe, knocking out the champ cold with a short right hand then several very heavy ground and pound shots. Stipe woke up and did not believe he had lost that fight, protesting with the referee that he was still good to carry on. He soon came to his senses and realized what had happened. DC then called out Brock Lesnar in his post fight interview, who then entered the octagon and all hell broke loose. The UFC will look to book the two fighters later this year we assume. I wonder what Jon Jones was up to today?
CHECK OUT LESNAR CONFRONTING DC IN THE CAGE: