Stipe Miocic Beats Francis Ngannou to Create UFC History

Stipe Miocic Beats Francis Ngannou to Create UFC History

Stipe Miocic Beats Francis Ngannou to Create UFC History

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic stunned many on Saturday night at UFC 220 in Boston by not only defeating rising contender Francis Ngannou, but coming away with a very dominant unanimous decision win.

Since earning the UFC heavyweight championship from Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in May 2016, Miocic has disposed of names such as Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, and of course, Ngannou on Saturday night.

All three judges had Miocic winning 50-44, giving him his third consecutive successful title defense, thereby setting a divisional record. With seconds remaining in the round, Cormier locked up a rear-naked choke attempt but the end of the round came before Oezdemir considered tapping.

Earlier, Rob Font and Calvin Kattar had TKO wins over Thomas Almeida and Shane Burgos respectively, while Gian Villante enjoyed a split decision victory against Francimar Barroso. Cormier raised his hands in triumph as UFC President Dana White wrapped the title belt around his waist. Even so, his hands remained unsafe, with a right hand sending the champ reeling in the third.

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With his opponent visibly tiring, Cormier took the fight to the ground in the second and transitioned to a crucifix position, trapping Oezdemir's arms and landing steady blows until the referee stopped the fight.

General consensus is the reverse will happen at the TD Garden.

Oezdemir walked to the cage with his native Swiss flag draped over his shoulder to nearly no reaction from the Boston crowd. This was only his seventh fight in the UFC.

A PAIR OF title fights headlined the UFC's first pay-per-view event of 2018 and it proved to be a good night in Boston for both defending champions.

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Islam Makhachev needed just one left hand and 57 seconds to knock out Gleison Tibau in the first preliminary bout. "I fought for a vacant title and I got the job done so I'm a UFC champion again". If he can return later this year, that would be a matchup for the ages. A former Olympic wrestler, Cormier was untroubled by his 28-year-old opponent's superior reach and quickly took the fight to the ground again early in the second round, ending it with a flurry of right-hand strikes to force the stoppage.

"Hell yeah there was danger", Miocic told broadcaster Joe Rogan in the cage after the fight.

Ngannou went off as the favorite as a result of a frightening string of victories. In the co-main event, Daniel Cormer (19-1, 1 NC) defends the light heavyweight championship when he faces No. 2 ranked Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).

It was the fifth UFC event held at the TD Garden and marked the highest attendance ever for the company.

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