Stipe Miocic TKO’d Daniel Cormier To End His Heavyweight Title Reign At UFC 241

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Stipe Miocic (19-3) regained his UFC heavyweight title with a fourth-round TKO finish of Daniel Cormier (22-2) at UFC 241 from Anaheim, Calif. Miocic finished Cormier after digging in and ripping heavy body shots to Cormier in the fourth round, sending him to the ground and forcing a ref stoppage to become two-time heavyweight champion.

Cormier opened the first round by chopping down the taller Miocic with a series of leg kicks, before shooting and easily taking the former champ to the ground. On the ground, Cormier landed a succession of blows to the head. However, the challenger covered up and referee Herb Dean refused to call the fight before closing out the first.

In the second round, Cormier appeared to hurt Miocic, who responded with two heavy-handed shots that stumbled the champ. Cormier continued to put the pressure on, slamming an elbow to Miocic’s face and walking him down. The two traded shots through the end of the round, eating punches along the way.

Miocic fed off the confidence of a strong second round and fired away at Cormier in the third. After two unsuccessful takedowns of Cormier, Miocic got him on the ground briefly before Cormier returned to his feet.