Stipe Miocic beats in Daniel Cormier in final UFC fight of the trilogy
Stipe Miocic retained the UFC heavyweight championship after defeating Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision in a five-round bout Saturday night to win the rubber match in a fantastic trilogy between the fighters.
The win sees Miocic (20-3) having legitimate claim as perhaps the greatest heavyweight in UFC history.
Cormier knocked out Miocic at UFC 226 in the first round in their 2018 bout to win the heavyweight belt. Miocic defeated Cormier last August in the rematch at UFC 241.
The 41-year-old Cormier (22-3, 1 NC) is a former two-division champion and has already cemented his status as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history. The amiable Cormier, who has found his niche as a successful broadcaster, had vowed to retire after Saturday and end a career.
Cormier said he stood by his decision to retire. He won the first fight between the two but dropped two straight to Miocic.
“I’m not interested in fighting for anything but titles and I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future,” Cormier said. “That will be it for me. I’ve had a long run, it’s been great, I just fought my last fight for a heavyweight championship and it was a pretty good fight.”
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