By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Daniel Cormier used to compete in the Heavyweight division. Now, he’s the Heavyweight Champion.
Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic with a first-round knockout at UFC 226 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the win now, it is expected that he’ll fight Brock Lesnar, who was spotted at the event, in November at Madison Square Garden.
“I’m a two-division champion, baby!,” Cormier said following his win.
Cormier called out and challenged Lesnar following the win. The WWE Universal Champion then entered the Octagon and shoved DC.
He is the second two-division champion in UFC history. Conor McGregor was the first to accomplish this feat in November 2016.
The 39-year-old “DC” improved to 21-1-1 in his MMA career. This is his 10th knockout in his career.
Cormier has won back-to-back fights by knockout. He also defeated Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 by TKO (Punches) in the second-round.
He has now won six straight bouts, included a no contest fight with Jon Jones in July 2017 at UFC 214, which was overturned by the CSAC after it was ruled that Jones failed a drug test. Cormier has not lost since being defeated by Jones via unanimous decision at UFC 182 on January 3rd, 2015.
The 35-year-old Miocic, who is also a firefighter in his native Ohio, fell to 18-3 in his MMA career. Two of his losses, including the knockout to Cormier, came by knockout.
He also lost by TKO (Elbows) to Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 5 in the second-round knockout on September 29th, 2012. Miocic also suffered a unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 13 on December 13th, 2014.
This loss snapped Miocic’s six-fight win streak.
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