While it never quite hit the superfight status the UFC tried to give to it, the champ vs. champ fight between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic was a quick and violent affair at UFC 226 worth the price of admission.
After an absolute snoozer in the co-main between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, Cormier and Miocic went right to war, with Cormier catching Miocic with a huge right hook in the clinch that dropped Miocic. Cormier swarmed with ground and pound, forcing the ref to step in and stop things. Miocic was not impressed and actually shoved the ref, but he was done and only taking more damage.
The whole thing took just four minutes and thirty seconds, an impressive feat for Cormier given he moved up in weight to take on Miocic, the most dominant heavyweight champ in UFC history.
Miocic was doing well right up until the knockdown shot from Cormier. The fight was taking place at distance, and when Cormier did get into the clinch where he wanted to be, Miocic overpowered him and even reversed a wrestling takedown on the Olympic-caliber DC. But none of that mattered when Cormier managed to catch him on the chin.
Cormier will face off against WWE champ Brock Lesnar, who showed up cageside before the fight kicked off to see how things would turn out. Reports quickly flooded the internet that he’d face the winner, and it was confirmed shortly after with an in-cage face off. As always when it comes to the UFC, there’s a bunch of caveats to this heavyweight superfight: Lesnar will have to get through six months of USADA testing before he can return to action inside the cage.
Things were confirmed afterward when Cormier actually invited Lesnar into the cage, only to get shoved by the WWE champion in full pro wrestling fashion. It should be an interesting several months, depending on how long it’ll take for Lesnar to be cleared for competition.