Earlier in the week, Stipe Miocic suggested Sporting News that avenging his loss to Daniel Cormier was further important than regaining the heavyweight title.
At UFC 241 on the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Miocic managed to do every when he stopped Cormier in the fourth spherical behind a vicious physique assault to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title that he misplaced to Cormier at UFC 226 in July 2018.
Sporting News had the battle scored 29-28 for Cormier on the time of the stoppage.
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“DC’s a tough mother—er,” Miocic acknowledged in his post-fight interview. “I’m going to give it to him. Thank god because that mother—er’s tough and he kept coming. It’s a fight, anything can happen.”
Cormier acquired right here out in the first spherical on the hearth, blasting Miocic with leg kicks and laborious photos to the head. He punctuated a dominant first spherical by selecting up Miocic over his head and slamming him to the canvas.
The second spherical had Cormier and Miocic throwing warning to the wind as they exchanged extremely efficient photos in shut quarters with Cormier having a slight profit on account of the pressed forward and obtained the upper of the exchanges.
But Miocic (19-3) began to slowly change the tide in the third spherical. He started to use his placing profit by firing mixtures and throwing the jab with further effectivity on the pores and skin, which allowed him to briefly take Cormier down.
Having the success he did in the third spherical led Miocic to proceed to use his boxing in the fourth spherical. Instead of jabbing, Miocic stayed at a managed distance and commenced digging in and pounding away at Cormier’s physique.
The shot that clinched the battle for Miocic was a sharp left hook to the physique, which made Cormier wince in agony. Sensing Cormier was ripe for the selecting, Miocic blasted Cormier with two crisp correct palms to drop Cormier in opposition to the cage. Miocic threw one vicious shot after one different until referee Herb Dean pulled Miocic off and the native of Cleveland grew to grow to be a two-time heavyweight champion.
“I knew I was hurting him,” Miocic acknowledged. “He was dropping his hands. I’ve just got to keep working, keep working, and he was going to leave something open and I started coming over with the right hand.”
For Cormier (22-2, one no-contest), it is unknown what he’ll do subsequent. Trilogy fights in opposition to Miocic and light-weight heavyweight champion Jon Jones could possibly be obtainable and retirement might very properly be an alternative as Cormier had acknowledged in the earlier that he would depart the sport by his 40th birthday. That acquired right here and went when he took the rematch with Miocic.
“You don’t make decisions based on emotions,” Cormier acknowledged in regards to the potential for retirement. ‘This is a tough capsule to swallow. At 40 years earlier with so many various options, I would really like to talk to my partner and we would like to make a knowledgeable dedication as to what we’re going to do.”
Here is what occurred at UFC 241.
UFC 241 dwell outcomes, highlights
Stipe Miocic beats Daniel Cormier to as quickly as soon as extra turn into UFC heavyweight champion
1:10 a.m.: Miocic def. Cormier by TKO at 4:09 of the fourth spherical to win the UFC heavyweight champion. The key to the spherical MIocic digging a left hook to the physique that made Cormier wince and once more off barely. Seeing he had Cormier hurt, Miocic threw two straight correct palms to ship Cormier crumbling to the mat. The Croatian threw a set of left and correct palms and Herb Dean stopped the battle.
Round 3: Miocic needed to win the spherical in the worst method. He had a bit further zip in his photos and stayed further energetic whereas Cormier slowed down tremendously. Both guys are drained and exhausted. Who can uncover the second gear? (Miocic 10-9, 29-28 Cormier)
Round 2: You couldn’t ask for a higher 5 minutes. Cormier and Miocic stood in the middle of the cage and carried out rock-and-sock-em robots. Cormier landed the crisper photos nonetheless Miocic was no slouch and landed laborious photos of his private. This type of tempo will in all probability be laborious to preserve for another 15 minutes. (Cormier 10-9, 20-18)
Round 1: All Daniel Cormier. He went from being content material materials on the pores and skin and throwing leg kicks to switching to dirty boxing to selecting up Miocic and virtually dropping him on his head. Quite spectacular what Cormier did on the underside. He’d dig the physique after which explode into ground-and-pound punches. Miocic regarded discouraged in between rounds. Needs to flip the frown the opposite approach up. (Cormier, 10-9)
12:35 a.m.: It is now time for the first event of UFC 241, as Daniel Cormier defends the heavyweight championship in opposition to Stipe Miocic.
Cormier and Miocic first met at UFC 226 in July 2018 when Cormier moreover acquired right here in the sunshine heavyweight champion. A short correct hand by Cormier shut to the tip of the first spherical despatched Miocic to the canvas and moments later, Cormier grew to grow to be on the time the second fighter in UFC historic previous to preserve two belts concurrently.
Miocic (18-3) stayed on the sidelines due to his daughter Meelah being born, needing a break from a busy first half of 2018 and the reality that the UFC was wanting to e-book a battle between Cormier and Brock Lesnar. The battle on no account materialized due to Lesnar opting to preserve in the WWE.
Cormier (22-1, one no-contest) has fought as quickly as since turning into champion when he earned a second-round stoppage over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. UFC 241 might very properly be the final word time Cormier competes as he’s been hinting at retirement.
Miocic feels UFC 226 was a fluke. He will get a possibility to present himself to be applicable.
Nate Diaz shines after a three-year layoff to beat Anthony Pettis
12:23 a.m.: Diaz def. Pettis by unanimous dedication (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
What chooses would give Pettis a spherical? It’s very laborious to see how that was attainable. The method to beat Pettis is by staying in his space and by no means letting him explode alongside along with his thunderous placing. Diaz pushed the tempo for 15 minutes and saved the foot on the gasoline pedal. The reality Diaz was in a place to do that after being off for such a really very long time is a sworn statement to him. Despite what the notion of him not caring about MMA, he loves the sport and the actual fact he carried out the way in which he did show that.
The expectation was Diaz would identify out Conor McGregor. However, the 34-year-old referred to as out Jorge Masvidal, who’s coming off the five-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239. The battle is smart on every diploma. Masvidal’s on no account been hotter and Diaz is probably going one of many largest stars in the sport. It’s a fan-friendly battle and one which hopefully takes place subsequent for every man.
Round 3: Diaz virtually accomplished it off at the beginning of the spherical, dropping Pettis and unloading shot after shot nonetheless someway the earlier lightweight champion survived. Even when Pettis had a major place, it was Diaz who was further energetic in throwing everything along with the kitchen sink. (Diaz, 30-27)
Round 2: That was Nate Diaz at his finest by using his dirty boxing and throwing knees blended alongside along with his amount of punches notably on the end of the spherical, the place he uncorked a barrage of images. Pettis is drained, exhausted and wishes to offer you one factor in a rush. (Diaz, 20-18)
Round 1: Diaz and Pettis had their share of moments on the toes. The late takedown by Diaz with two submission makes an try and being energetic on the underside safe the spherical for the California native. (Diaz, 10-9)
11:57 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of UFC 241, as No. 7-ranked Anthony Pettis battles Nate Diaz in welterweight movement.
Diaz (20-11) makes his grand comeback after being gone for barely under three years. The Stockton, Calif. native took the exodus from the sport following his cut-up of two worthwhile and record-setting clashes with Conor McGregor in 2016.
Pettis (22-8), the earlier lightweight champion, had a successful debut at 170 kilos once more in March, scoring a highlight-reel first-round knockout of former title challenger Stephen Thompson.
Most MMA pundits actually really feel that’s the true foremost event of the current. Costa and Romero launched objects. Can Diaz and Pettis do the similar?
Paulo Costa wins the thrilling battle over Yoel Romero
11:45 p.m.: Costa def. Romero by unanimous dedication (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
What a battle! Too harmful there had to be a loser. Costa and Romero have been anticipated to ship warfare they normally lived up to the hype. For 15 minutes, the 2 Brazilians slung the heavy leather-based and threw every punch with evil intentions. It’s all about the way in which you check out the second spherical as Costa gained the first spherical and Romero gained the third. Costa regarded to administration the first half whereas Romero had appeared to dominate the second half of the stanza.
The followers didn’t similar to the top outcome nonetheless every man left their blood, sweat, and tears contained in the octagon and that’s all you could from fighters. Costa runs his doc to 13-0 and now locations himself in a major place to sort out the winner of the middleweight title battle at UFC 243 between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.
11:24 p.m.: What an action-packed first spherical. Romero and Costa dropped each other and put everything they’d into every punch. Can they preserve this tempo for another 10 minutes?
11:11 p.m.: Coming up at UFC 241, No. 2-ranked Yoel Romero battles No. 7-ranked Paulo Costa. This is Romero’s (13-3) first time competing 14 months since shedding to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 in June 2018. Costa’s (12-0) taken the UFC by storm, worthwhile all of his battle by knockout. Romero is the stiffest verify in Costa’s occupation. Will father time catch up to the 42-year-old Romero or is that this Costa’s time?
Sodiq Yusuff finishes Gabriel Benitez to keep undefeated in UFC
11:04 p.m.: Yusuff def. Benitez by TKO at 4:14 of the first spherical.
We requested Yusuff and Benitez to ship they normally did merely that. Early on, Benitez clipped Yusuff and appeared to be on his method to victory. But Yusuff acquired right here once more and commenced to be a part of on laborious photos of his private. Benitez hit Yusuff with a straight left hand nonetheless Yusuff linked on a flush counter correct hook to ship Benitez to the canvas. Yusuff smelled blood and landed a barrage of hammer fists to strain referee Herb Dean to identify it.
Yusuff put himself on the map with star-making effectivity to run his UFC doc to 3-0. He has to be in the next set of rankings in the featherweight division.
10:54 p.m.: Up subsequent at UFC 241, Gabriel Benítez faces Sodiq Yusuff in featherweight movement. Benitez (21-6) has gained back-to-back wins and is 5-2 since changing into a member of the UFC in November 2015. Yusuff (9-1) is a powerful prospect from Nigeria, who’s 2-0 to date in his temporary UFC tenure. Here are two guys receiving an opportunity on considered one of many largest reveals of the 12 months. Can they ship?
Derek Brunson bounces once more from an early setback to get earlier Ian Heinisch
10:45 p.m.: Brunson def. Heinisch by the use of unanimous dedication (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Most would have wilted to the early stress Heinisch supplied. Brunson confirmed his veteran mindset and acquired right here out for the second and third rounds with mounted stress blended with good placing and wrestling to get the selection. Brunson has now gained two in a row. If the 35-year-old is admittedly going to make a run, it has to be now as time is ticking.
10:21 p.m.: What a fashion to start as Heinisch acquired right here correct out and rocked Brunson with a left head kick. Give Brunson credit score rating for surviving the shot and the follow-up onslaught from Heinisch to come once more on the end of the spherical with robust placing.
10:15 p.m.: Colby Covington has arrived at UFC 241 and the group let the earlier interim welterweight understand how they actually really feel about him.
10:07 p.m.: The foremost card of UFC 241 begins with No. 8-ranked Derek Brunson taking on No. 10-ranked Ian Heinisch in middleweight movement. After shedding back-to-back fights, Brunson (19-7) obtained once more on the worthwhile observe, defeating Elias Theodorou in May by unanimous dedication. Heinisch (13-1) comes in on a five-fight worthwhile streak along with a formidable win over Antonio Carlos Junior in his closing journey.
Brunson is the litmus verify to see if you happen to occur to’re a contender. We’ll see how good Heinisch is in quite a few moments.
10:00 p.m. ET: Welcome to Sporting News’ dwell safety of UFC 241 highlighted by a rematch of the heavyweight championship of the world between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. Also, Nate Diaz returns from a three-year hiatus to face Anthony Pettis. An exciting night movement looms so seize the refreshments, sit again and profit from the journey we’re about to take you on.
UFC 241 undercard outcomes
- Khama Worthy def. Devonte Smith by the use of TKO 4:15 of the first spherical; Lightweight
- Cory Sandhagen def. Raphael Assuncao by unanimous dedication (30-27, 30-27, 29-28); Bantamweight
- Drakkar Klose def. Christos Giagos by the use of unanimous dedication (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); Lightweight
- Casey Kenney def. Manny Bermudez by unanimous dedication (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); Catchweight (140 lbs)
- Hannah Cifers def. Jodie Esquibel by the use of unanimous dedication (30-28, 30-27, 30-27); Women’s Strawweight
- Kyung Ho Kang def. Brandon Davis by cut-up dedication (28-29, 29-28, 29-28); Bantamweight
- Sabina Mazo def. Shana Dobson by the use of unanimous dedication (30-24, 30-25, 30-25); Women’s Flyweight
UFC 241 battle card
- Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Stipe Miocic for Cormier’s Heavyweight title
- Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz; Welterweight
- Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa; Middleweight
- Gabriel Benítez vs. Sodiq Yusuff; Featherweight
- Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch; Middleweight
- Devonte Smith vs. Khama Worthy; Lightweight
- Raphael Assunção vs. Cory Sandhagen; Bantamweight
- Christos Giagos vs. Drakkar Klose; Lightweight
- Manny Bermudez vs. Casey Kenney; Catchweight (140 lbs.)
- Hannah Cifers vs. Jodie Esquibel; Women’s Strawweight
- Kyung Ho Kang vs. Brandon Davis; Bantamweight
- Sabina Mazo vs. Shana Dobson; Women’s Flyweight
UFC 241 latest data
– Does Stipe Miocic care about regaining the heavyweight title? Miocic tells Sporting News he does nonetheless he’d pretty exact revenge on Daniel Cormier than profitable the belt once more.
– Anthony Pettis discusses with SN about if his battle with Nate Diaz is bigger than the first event, using fishing as solitude and if he envisions going by means of Conor McGregor.
– Looking at Nate Diaz’s resume, it could not scream marquee attraction. SN explains that someway, someway, Diaz grew to grow to be considered one of many largest stars in the sport.