Monday, 20 August, 2018

Daniel Cormier claims UFC heavyweight championship with KO of Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic Daniel Cormier Image Credit Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Stacy Diaz | 09 July, 2018, 01:58

Shortly after UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic to capture the heavyweight title and make history as just one of two men to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently, he called out Brock Lesnar.

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar attended UFC 226 on Saturday night and appears destined for a return to the sport to face the new UFC heavyweight champion.

Just days after White declared publicly that McGregor, who is the only fighter in UFC history to best Lesnar's PPV records, won't face any further punishment for his risky and life-threatening acts at UFC 223, the news about Lesnar is par for the course. The "Beast Incarnate" then stormed the ring, shoved the new champion and grabbed a microphone, trash-talking Cormier, Miocic, and fellow heavyweight Francis Ngannou in an expletive-laden rampage. When asked about the rectitude of granting a title shot to Lesnar after inactivity and a failed test, both White and Cormier acknowledged they don't care because of the extraordinary pay-per-view revenues that would be generated. "I never knew what I could become but tonight I got the answer, I'm a two-division champion, baby", Cormier told Joe Rogan after the fight. "In the stone age", Cormier yelled.

Not after Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis spent 15 minutes shadowboxing in one of the most freaky (and boring) UFC fights in the 25-year history of the company.

"Yeah, you're strong", Cormier said.

The "impromptu" moment has clearly been in the works for some time - a point hammered home when UFC supremo Dana White confirmed after the show that the pair would meet in a match down the line.

"There is a guy that I've known for a long time", Cormier said.

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. Brock Lesnar is apparently back in the mixed martial arts business. Daniel Cormier is 20-1 his latest win was over Volkan Oezdemir via 2nd-round TKO at UFC 220 in Boston. The bout was changed to a no contest after Lesnar was suspended for one-year by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Lesnar, who turns 41 next week, retired from mixed martial arts in February 2017, which meant he was no longer included in USADA's testing pool under the UFC's anti-doping program.

"Him and Vince have a good relationship", White said.

It should be noted that the spokesperson was not able to go into detail as to what Lesnar has done so far regarding beginning the process.