Stipe Miocic sealed his tradition as the arguably greatest heavyweight champ in UFC history with an unanimous decision win over Daniel Cormier, who verified his retirement after their title trilogy fight at UFC 252.
In their first meeting at UFC 226 in July 2018, then light-heavyweight champion Cormier stunned Miocic in the preliminary in Las Vegas to become a two-division champion.
But Miocic produced a dazzling come-from-behind efficiency in Anaheim last August to turn the tables and stop Cormier in the rematch at UFC 241.
And the competitors battled all the way in their third meeting, behind closed doors at the UFC Pinnacle facility in Las Vegas on Saturday, with Miocic, 37, triumphing with ratings of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 from the 3 judges.
‘ Tough work pays off’
” Everyone discuss tradition. The only factor I more than happy to seal my tradition was to show my daughter, to reveal her that difficult work pays off,” Miocic stated.
” If you do something, you put your mind and effort into it, you can do great things.”
A crestfallen Cormier, 41, included: “It sucks, being on the losing end of two huge fights and trilogies – it’s an extremely sad position to be in. But I will deal with it as I’ve handled things in the past.
” I’m not thinking about defending anything however titles, and I don’t envision there’s going to be a title in the future, so that’ll be it for me. I have actually had a long term, it’s been great.”
Miocic said of his competitor: “I have actually always had a lot of respect for the guy. He’s an amazing fighter, I wish him all the very best.”
The result enhanced Ohio firemen Miocic’s profession record to 20 victories and 3 losses and he is just the second fighter to win six heavyweight title fights, together with Randy Couture.
On the other hand, Cormier retires with a profession record of 22 wins and 3 losses, and is one of only 4 professional athletes to hold UFC titles in 2 weight classes concurrently, alongside Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo.
He was also the first to successfully safeguard UFC titles in two various weight classes.
O’Malley suffers very first defeat
In the night’s co-main occasion, Ecuador’s Marlon Vera handed hot prospect Sean O’Malley the first defeat of his MMA profession with a first-round TKO after the American was hurt midway through the very first round of their bantamweight match, when he appeared to roll his ankle and collapse on his foot.
O’Malley, 25, attempted to eliminate through his injury, but Vera, 27, maximized his competitor’s minimized movement as he benefited from a second slip to arrive on leading and dump a salvo of penalizing elbows that required referee Herb Dean to action in.
Vera’s success was his 6th in his last seven fights in the UFC’s bantamweight division and improved his remarkable finish rate, with each of his last 8 wins coming inside the distance.
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