Miocic TKOs Cormier in 4th round to regain heavyweight title
The main event of UFC 241 featured a heavyweight title rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Stipe Miocic. UFC 241 took place Saturday, August 18th from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and the event aired exclusively on ESPN+ PPV.
Stipe Miocic is once again the UFC heavyweight champion.
A grueling battle culminated in Miocic landing a devastating knockout deep into the fourth round as he put Daniel Cormier down and out to avenge his prior loss to him and reclaim the title he held longer than any fighter in UFC history.
“DC’s a tough motherf—ker. I’m going to give it to him,” Miocic said after having the heavyweight title wrapped back around his waist. “Thank god cause that mothef—ker’s tough and he kept coming. It’s a fight, anything can happen.”
STIPE MIOCIC GOD DAMN pic.twitter.com/feg55kYjBo— Dylan (@Dylangonzalez21) August 18, 2019
Official Result: Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier by TKO (Strikes, Round 4, 4:09)
Round 1 – Miocic opens with an inside leg kick. Cormier fires one back to the outside of the leg. He scores with another one shortly thereafter. Cormier tries to initiate the clinch with Miocic and land a punch over the top similar to the first fight, but Miocic is wise to it. Miocic kicks the legs again. Cormier fires a multi-strike combination then shoots in the leg. He picks Miocic up over his head and slams him with a high crotch takedown. Impressive stuff. Cormier lands in Miocic half guard and quickly passes to side control before Miocic recovers back to half guard. Cormier is methodical in his approach to ground and pound by postures up and lands some good shots on Miocic from the top. Miocic tries to connect with an up kick, but Cormier pushes the legs aside. Miocic scrambles and tries for a takedown of his own, but Cormier punishes him with short punches and elbows before the end of the round. MMA Junkie scores the opening round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 2 – Both men display patience to begin the second frame. Miocic lands a nice cross, but Cormier gives it right back with a combination of his own. Cormier’s left hook, right cross combo is serving him well in the fight, and he’s beginning to mix in his jab effectively, too. Cormier lands a right hand that causes Miocic to back up. Miocic lands his right, too. The intensity is staking a major step up. Miocic walks into a pair of shots from Cormier including a right hand clean across the chin. Miocic’s durability through these shots is mighty impressive, and he manages to pi Cormier against the fence for a shot moment. Miocic lands a series of jabs then they both connect with punches. Cormier riffs on a big right hand and Miocic makes him pay on the counter. Miocic is starting to find his range and timing a lot better and slanging consistently. Cormier decides to take away the distance by clinching, but he breaks away in order to punch. Cormier lands another gorgeous combination on Miocic, who seems largely unfazed by the power coming his way. They continue to box from inside the pocket for the remainder of the round. Incredibly difficult round to score, but MMA Junkie will give it 10-9 to Cormier.
Round 3 – Miocic is the first to land hard int he third round, connecting with a shot that forces Cormier to take a step back. “DC” shakes his head and lands a punch of his own. Miocic shoots for a takedown, but COrmier easily stops it and nearly lands a head kick on the break. Cormier connects with multiple jabs and Miocic responds with straight punches. Miocic pushes Cormier against the fence and is trying to control him from there but isn’t doing much work from the position. Cormier escapes from the fence and is trying to walk Miocic down. He goes back to the leg kick then gets one of the body. Cormier’s jab is working well for him, but Miocic is confiding good moments to counter it. Miocic briefly trips Cormier to the ground, but the champion gets back up and tries for a takedown of his own, which is stopped. Another flurry from clinch range goes down, and at this point it seems both men are comfortable taking each other’s power. Cormier lands a clean right hand, then Miocic gets one back. They slug it out for the rest of round. It’s a completely bonkers pace through three rounds. This fight likely to break some heavyweight striking records. MMA Junkie scores it 10-9 for Cormier, though, who is ahead 30-27 on our card.
Round 4 – Miocic is trying to walk Cormier down as the championship rounds get started, and Cormier is now content to counter. He’s mixing in leg kicks, too. Miocic starts to mix in some strikes to the body, and thus far is having one of his better rounds. He rips Cormier to the body again, then again. Cormier is circling away and showing some potential signs of fatigue, but his hands are still fast and his jab crisp. Cormier greets Miocic with an elbow as he tries to step in. Miocic is focused on the body of Cormier and trying to land there at every opportunity. Miocic gets out of the way of a winging right hand then pops Cormier with a straight right. He goes to the body with the hook again. Cormier staggers back and Miocic lands to the head. Cormier is hurt and backing up. Miocic presses forward and lands again, then again. Cormier is badly, badly rocked. Miocic lands more punches and drops Cormier, who is out cold against the fence. Miocic is once again the heavyweight champion.