Brock Lesnar, cageside at UFC 226, challenges Daniel Cormier

Danny Woods
July 9, 2018

Daniel Cormier is 20-1 his latest win was over Volkan Oezdemir via 2nd-round TKO at UFC 220 in Boston. Cormier proceeded to fire shots while his opponents lay defenceless, forcing the referee to call the fight right there and then with 27 seconds remaining on the clock. The dramatic victory paints Cormier in an entirely new perspective, as he joins Conor McGregor as the only fighters in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously.

It was also big night for former UFC lightweight champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, who bounced back from his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier last November with a stunning submission finish of fellow lightweight contender Michael "Maverick" Chiesa. He has an impeccable resume, both earlier in his career as a heavyweight and now as the light heavyweight champion, against everyone not named Jon Jones. "Push me now, and you're going to sleep later", Cormier yelled at Lesnar while the two locked antlers.

"I told [Lesnar] to relax and calm down, we get it, there's going to be a fight, calm down", White said.

"Now there's a guy who I've known for a long time", he began.

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At the moment, only one thing is clear - and it's that Lesnar will be making his return to UFC, perhaps even while he's still WWE's Universal Champion. He and Cormier served as coaches on the recent season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series.

After an absolute snoozer in the co-main between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, Cormier and Miocic went right to war, with Cormier catching Miocic with a huge right hook in the clinch that dropped Miocic.

For all the talk about champion-vs. -champion bouts over the years in the UFC, their actual history is just two chapters long.

Cormier and Miocic stood toe-to-toe and traded hands throughout. The fight must take place in 2018 for the wagers to pay out. "The last time I fought somebody I was bigger than was in 2010, and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there". He has successfully defended the heavyweight strap in three consecutive bouts. Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree kicked off the PPV card with a surprising first-round stoppage of Gokhan Saki, a heralded Dutch kickboxer in his third pro MMA fight.

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