Wednesday, July 11, 2018

At UFC 226, as a 2-1 underdog, Daniel Cormier became the heavyweight champion and second ever concurrent two weight champion as he was the existing lightheavyweight champion. With the win, Cormier was also voted the #1 pound for pound fighter in the UFC by the official rankings panelists, taking the spot previously held for Demetrious Johnson.

Cormier stopped former champion Stipe Miocic by knockout in the first round and remains undefeated as a heavyweight. Cormier only has two career loses to another pound for pound great, former lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones.

The complete pound for pound rankings were as follows:

1) Daniel Cormier +3
2) Demetrious Johnson -1
3) Max Holloway +3
3) Conor McGregor
5) Georges St-Pierre
6) TJ Dillashaw +1
7) Stipe Miocic -5
8) Tyron Woodley
9) Khabib Nurmagomedov
10) Robert Whittaker +1
11) Cris Cyborg -1
12) Tony Ferguson
13) Amanda Nunes
14) Cody Garbrandt
15) Rose Namajunas

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As far as what's next for Cormier, that is still to be determined. Immediately after the fight, Cormier called out former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar who ran into the cage and confronted the new champion. Lesnar pushed Cormier and the Octagon got a little raucous before things calmed down. The after fight antics got fans excited, but Lesnar will not be eligible to fight until January 8th, 2019.

It's possible that Cormier's next fight may be a defense of his lightheavyweight title against the fight between top contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Odzemir. Cormier himself has said he would like to defend that title later this year, defend his heavyweight title once and then retire. But a lot has to go right for that happen, so time will tell how Cormier's career finishes out.