Stipe Miocic defeats Daniel Cormier to reclaim UFC heavyweight title

(CNN) — Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier in the UFC 241 main event Saturday night to become the heavyweight champion. For several rounds it seemed like Miocic might lose his second consecutive fight against Cormier, the defending heavyweight champ. Cormier defeat him at UFC 226 in July 2018, knocking him out. But this time Miocic staged a comeback in the fourth round, bringing many body shots and bends blows to Cormier’s mind that ended in a match to reclaim the name. “He is an remarkable fighter,” Miocic stated of his competition at a post-fight news conference. “He makes people feel uncomfortable in the slightest. He did that for the first couple of weeks but then I began to receive my bearings right. I saw him slowing down and I thought,’Okaythis is where I take it now.'” Before dropping to Cormier last year, Miocic, 35, was the very first UFC heavyweight champion to defend the title three times. Cormier, 40, the first and sole UFC fighter to defend titles in two weight classes, has suggested that Saturday’s struggle could be his last. “Everybody asks about [retirement], however, that’s what happens when you turn 40,” Cormier told CNN on Thursday. “I really feel great. I wanna get through this weekend, and then I’ll sit with my loved ones, and we’ll determine what’s going on. It is a real thing, however. Father time builds up to everybody.”

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