Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier clashed last night (July 7, 2018) at UFC 226 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bouts known as super fights are normally overrated or not actual fights between active champions. Worse still, they often hold up divisions while real contenders suffer. Miocic vs. Cormier was an exception to all that negativity, an interesting match up between men who both had largely cleared out their respective decision. Whether you expected Miocic to flatten the smaller man or Cormier’s Olympic wrestling background to carry him to the victory, there was reason to believe, which made this a truly intriguing battle.
Miocic pressured and punches, Cormier looked for the clinch. Cormier got his wish and scored with a nice uppercut, but Miocic managed to land a brief takedown of his own. Miocic landed some heavy shots in the clinch, but Cormier did answer with some sharp jabs and low kicks.
At the 90-second mark, Cormier landed his best combination yet with a good hook-cross. An eye poke brought a brief halt to the contest, but Cormier remained on the offensive. The Light Heavyweight champion’s hands were accurate, and he did a great job of pulling away from Miocic’s straights.
The tides were turning quickly, as Cormier continued to land on Miocic’s jaw repeatedly. Then, the finish emerged suddenly, as Cormier latched onto his usual clinch. Rather than go to the uppercut, Cormier spun his opponent into a brutal overhand right.
Miocic fell, barely conscious, and a few more follow up shots sealed the deal.
Cormier did everything right. He pushed the pace immediately and grabbed the clinch at every opportunity. He even managed to convince Miocic briefly that wrestling with him was a smart move. More importantly, Cormier made his opponent work every step of the way, and his success grew as the round wore on.
Miocic’s hands were low on the break of the clinch, and fatigue is a common reason for that mistake.
Aside from being “King of the Grind,” Cormier’s hands were damn sharp for the third straight time. Miocic and Cormier were landing at a pretty even pace, but a lot of Miocic’s punches seemed to deflect off Cormier’s arms a bit or at least miss slightly. Meanwhile, Cormier’s punches were snapping directly into Miocic’s chin over and over.
It seems like Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar is up next, and now I hate super fights again.
Miocic landed some good shots, but he fought exactly how Cormier needed him to. When Cormier clinched, he was far too willing to engage him there. Why are you working for a takedown opposite Cormier? Miocic’s best bet was to knock Cormier out early — and make no mistake, a few of Miocic’s power shots missed by an inch and would’ve ended Cormier’s night — and he wasted energy and time by engaging in the clinch.
Up next for Miocic is probably Curtis Blaydes or Derrick Lewis.
Last night, Daniel Cormier flattened Stipe Miocic in an amazing victory. Will our latest double champ square off with Lesnar next?
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