LAS VEGAS - Daniel Cormier is a two-weight UFC champion. The finish came at the 4:33 mark after Miocic - the longest-reigning champion in UFC heavyweight history - crumpled from the shot. Cormier finished off Miocic with a series of punches to end the fight with 27 seconds left in the first frame. Cormier's first round KO made him the first competitor to hold the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight straps simultaneously. Conor McGregor was the UFC's featherweight champ in 2016 when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.
Cormier weighed 246 lbs., while Miocic weighed-in at only 242.5 lbs., so Miocic won't have a major weight advantage when they're in the clinch and leaning into one another.
After the victory, Cormier called out former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar who was in attendance. "I never knew what I could become but tonight I got the answer, I'm a two-division champion, baby", Cormier told Joe Rogan after the fight.
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And he said some progress had been made towards agreeing "the modalities" of North Korea's destruction of a missile facility. It was unclear if Pompeo met this time with Kim Jong Un , as he had on his previous two trips to Pyongyang.
It seems all but confirmed that UFC is now headed to a UFC heavyweight title fight between Cormier and Lesnar, which would be a big time draw on PPV.
"So I'd say 'one of the greatest of all time, ' which isn't too shabby to say but [it's] hard to say the greatest".
Weeks ago, Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman revealed that The Beast's next Universal Title defense was facing contractual issues due to a lack of confidence in WWE to find a suitable challenger. Miocic pressed the light heavyweight champion up against the cage and landed a knee.
Matches to Make After UFC 226
For now though, Cormier has firmly inserted himself into the "Greatest Of All-Time" conversation along with the likes of St. Lesnar has been with WWE for a while, his appearance sparks more rumors of a possible return to the UFC.
But even then, Cormier is right to point out that he's fought guys with similar reach advantages. Once again, Holloway is unable to battle and this makes three consecutive matches where Holloway has turned up lame. Four additional preliminary-card bouts follow on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Well, according to an interview with Michael Bisping on UFC on FOX just hours before the fight, Daniel had it all worked out in his head before ever stepping foot in the t-Mobile Arena.
Here are my thoughts on what comes next for the triumphant fighters from UFC 226.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives towards Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 6, 2018. The Trump administration has said it would take between 1 and 2 1/2 years to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program.