Much like Croatia’s run to the World Cup Final last summer – in which the Vatreni had to come from behind in three straight knockout round matches – UFC Heavyweight Stipe Miocic had to do the same in his rematch with Daniel Cormier Saturday night in Anaheim.
This was Miocic’s first fight since DC knocked him out in the first round of their July 2018 bout to take the heavyweight belt away from our favorite Croatian from Cleveland. Fast forward to last night where Daniel Cormier arguably won the first three rounds and was on his way to defending the heavyweight title for a second straight time. Miocic said in his post-fight press conference, “I was fighting like a bitch (in the first three rounds).”
However, bruised, battered, and needing a finish of Cormier to take back the belt, Miocic changed up his game in the fourth round – and it paid dividends. Miocic decided to throw body blows at Cormier; finally landing a heavy punch to the gut which appeared to stun Cormier for a brief second. Miocic capitalized on the opportunity by throwing a blizzard of unblocked punches towards a pinned Cormier against the cage – and it was all over. Miocic – once again – is the UFC Heavyweight champion of the world as is now an impressive 5-1 in title fights. Miocic turns 37 years old on Monday, August 19th.
How much longer can he put on this show? UFC experts have already called him the greatest heavyweight of all time.