Daniel Cormier claims UFC heavyweight championship with KO of Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cormier claims UFC heavyweight championship with KO of Stipe Miocic

Cormier - who last fought at heavyweight in 2013 before leaving the division - already seems to have his first challenger lined up in the form of Brock Lesnar.

Stipe Miocic and his coaches look on as new UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier addresses the crowd after knocking out Miocic on July 7 in Las Vegas.

In UFC 226's headline fight, lightweight champion Cormier faced heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Right when he got to my seat to the side, he was acting like a lunatic.

The two squared off for a moment before Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest and stated, "DC, I'm coming for you, m--f--". As the round hit the midway point, Cormier started to tag Miocic with some hard jabs.

If that is the case, then I don't see how he doesn't go down as the best "big man" in the history of MMA. Prior to Lesnar's appearance on Saturday night, Fightful.com's Sean Ross Sapp noted on Twitter that he had been told Brock would be at the show for the main event. With this outcome, Cormier made history as one of just two men to wear gold in two UFC divisions concurrently - the other being Conor McGregor.

"I thought he was going to be the next [big] guy".

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Dana White was asked about Brock Lesnar's return after UFC 226, and he said, "he's back, and now you know he's back". "His gut told him Stipe was going to win because he felt Cormier put too much weight on for this fight and that was going to affect him, but it didn't". "In the stone age".

Lesnar is widely expected to return to the UFC later this year or early next year.

"I was a heavyweight for a long time and I left the division".

The preliminary card saw a host of decision wins, but there were standout stoppage wins for lightweight Dan "The Hangman" Hooker and middleweight Paulo "The Eraser" Costa.

Having realized this lofty goal, Cormier now plans to fight once or twice more before hanging up the gloves in March of 2019, just before his 40th birthday.

Cormier only moved down to light heavyweight when he joined the UFC because he didn't want to fight former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, his good friend and training partner in San Jose, California.

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