The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold UFC 241 on Saturday, August 17 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The pay-per-view event was headlined by the heavyweight title rematch between defending champion Daniel Cormier and the man he beat to take the title last summer, former champion Stipe Miocic. What started out as an incredibly impressive performance for the smaller, defending champion, would end in devastation as Miocic went to the body and put DC down, pondering his retirement. While Cormier would not commit to hanging up the gloves following the fourth round title loss, it sure looked like this might be the last time we see Daniel Cormier inside the octagon.
The co-main event put former lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis against Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout. What in incredible fight. Nate Diaz may have never looked better. Absolute domination, and to come back after three years without a fight, wow. Diaz calls out Jorge Masvidal after this impressive win. Take my money…. take all my money.
Also, top middleweight contenders Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa finally met in the center of the octagon. What an absolute war between these two. Costa came on strong in the first two rounds but faded in the final frame where Romero poured it on. The judges score it unanimously for Costa although the fans didn’t necessarily agree.
The 12-fight event kicked off with three bouts streaming live on ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary-card fights followed on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card streaming live on ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. Order the pay-per-view and save here.
Sabino Mazo bounced back from a loss in her UFC debut to completely dominate Shana Dobson in the opening fight on the UFC 241 preliminary card, earning scores of 30-25 from two judges and an incredible 30-24 from the third.
Kyung Ho Kang earned a hard fought split decision win over Brandon Davis while Hannah Cifers was able to get all three judges to rule in her favor in a fight against Jodie Esquibel in the featured fight on ESPN+.
Former LFA champion Casey Kenney picked up a unanimous decision win over a much heavier and larger Manny Bermudez. Very impressive win for Kenney.
Drakkar Klose won the second and third rounds of his fight against Christos Giagos to pick up a unanimous decision win in the second fight on ESPN.
Corey Sandhagen picked up the most important win of his career, scoring a unanimous decision over Raphael Assuncao.
UFC newcomer Khama Worthy got the call up on just a few days notice and defeats his friend Devonte Smith, in arguably the biggest win of his career with a first round TKO.
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Derek Brunson picks up a unanimous decision win over Ian Heinisch, coming on strong in the second and third rounds.
‘Super’ Sodiq Yusuff gets a first round technical knockout win over Gabriel Benitez.
Complete UFC 241 results below:
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier via TKO – Round 4, 4:09– for heavyweight title
Nate Diaz defeated Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Paulo Costa defeated Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sodiq Yusuff defeated Gabriel Benitez via TKO – Round 1, 4:14
Derek Brunson defeated Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ESPN Preliminary Card
Khama Worthy defeated Devonte Smith via TKO – Round 1, 4:15
Cory Sandhagen defeated Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Drakkar Klose defeated Christos Giagos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Casey Kenney defeated Manny Bermudez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Hannah Cifers defeated Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyung Ho Kang defeated Brandon Davis via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Sabina Mazo defeated Shana Dobson via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-25)