Daniel Cormier took on former champion Stipe Miocic at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. “DC” captured the title when he knocked out Miocic in the opening round of UFC 226 last July to capture the title, along with already holding the UFC light heavyweight title. Cormier went on to successfully defend the title against Derrick Lewis via second-round submission in the main event of UFC 230 in November at MSG.
Miocic gets the rematch in his first fight since losing the title to Cormier. Prior to the loss, Miocic broke the record for most heavyweight title defenses in UFC history, after finishes over Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos, along with a dominant unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou.
Here is how the rematch for the UFC heavyweight championship of the world went down between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic at UFC 241. For full results of one of the biggest cards of the year, check them out right here.
Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for this heavyweight title rematch and they are off! They touch gloves in the center and Miocic lands a leg kick early. Leg kick from Cormier lands flush. Inside leg kicks traded by both fighters. Big outside leg kick by Cormier. The champion fakes low and lands a sneaky left hook. Leg kick from Miocic lands, answered by Cormier. Left jab lands by Cormier, right uppercut as well. Big right hand by Cormier. Left hand over the top by “DC.” Cormier lands a pair of punches and shoots in, hoists Miocic in the air and slams the challenger to the mat. Cormier moves to side control, Miocic switches to half guard. Cormier with a left hand to the body and head of the challenger. Full guard for Micoic and Cormier comes up short on a couple of right hands. Cormier sneaks in a left hand, and lands some rights to the body. Elbow lands off the back by Miocic and Cormier opens up with some big punches. Under 45 seconds to go and Cormier stands up. Up kick lands by Miocic. Cormier scrambles to the back of Miocic and Cormier lands a barrage of hammer fists. Miocic gets to his feet and shoots a single. Cormier lands elbows over and over again as the horn sounds. Big round for the champion.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Cormier
Left jab by Miocic starts off the second round. Leg kick from the challenger. Right hand by Miocic and a knee to the body as well. Right hand lands and a body kick from Miocic. Nice combination by the challenger. Cormier just misses a big combination. Big elbow by Cormier lands after a nice combination. Miocic answers with a nice combination of his own. Right hand by Cormier. They trade, and Cormier lands a big right hand. Cormier looks to have accidentally poked Miocic in the eye, which the challenger answers with a huge right hand. Big right hand by Cormier. Another nice combination by Cormier and Miocic ties the champ up against the fence. Right hand from the challenger lands, and a nice clean jab as well. Cormier lands a right, Miocic answers with a left. Cormier eats a left jab and a big right hand by Miocic. Cormier lands jab and ties Miocic up with under 90 seconds to go. Miocic lands a jab and a right hand. Cormier answers with a combination, and charges with a left hand. They tie up in the center, Miocic separates and lands a right hand. Leg kick and a right hand from Cormier. Miocic answers back with a combination. Cormier, with his hands down, lands a right hand. Leg kick by Miocic, answered with a high kick from Cormier. Miocic stings Cormier with a right hand and the horn sounds. Good bounce back round for the challenger, but Cormier probably squeaked it out.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Cormier
Left hand lands by Miocic and follows with a clean combination. Left jab lands by the challenger, followed by a leg kick. Miocic shoots for a takedown, Cormier defends and just misses a high kick. Herb Dean warns Cormier about his extended fingers. Jab and a left hook land by Cormier. Under hook, right hand by Cormier. Miocic comes up just short with a right hand. They tie up against the fence, Cormier eats a left hand. Cormier is bleeding from the mouth as we are approaching the halfway point of the round. Knee to the body by Miocic and just missed a spinning elbow. Miocic loosening up here, landing a nice combination. Leg kick by Cormier, followed by a kick to the body. Cormier lands some jabs, Miocic answers with a combination. Right hand by Cormier and Miocic gets under hooks, taking Cormier down. Cormier shoots, Miocic takes his back momentarily and they separate. Combination by the champion and both guys are looking tired in this grueling fight. Right hand by Cormier that stung Miocic. They trade punches with under 20 seconds left. Cormier with a combination and they trade big punches, Miocic with a right, Cormier answers as the horn sounds.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Miocic
Championship rounds underway and Miocic looks worse for the wear. Miocic with a jab and leg kick as he is the one moving forward. Left hand by Cormier lands and Miocic answers with a straight left. Jab by Cormier lands and Miocic continues to move forward. Nice, hard jab by Miocic. Left to the body by the challenger, and again. Left hand by Miocic, Cormier answers with a jab. Cormier lands a left hand and Miocic digs to the body again. Jab lands from Cormier and a hard left hook to the body from Miocic, and another. Miocic is finding a lot of success here, as “DC” lands a right hand. Another big body shot by Stipe Miocic and Cormier answers with a right hand. Under 90 seconds to go and Cormier lands right hand. Miocic avoids a right hand, and answers with a big left to the body, followed by a clean right hand. Miocic moving well and Miocic lands a right hand. Cormier is hurt and Miocic is all over him. Cormier is in big trouble and Herb Dean stops it! Stipe Miocic regains the title with an incredible turn around.
Official result: Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier via KO – Round 4, 4:09
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