It was the battle for the right to be called the greatest heavyweight of all-time. Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic duked it out one final time to complete one of the great trilogies in mixed martial arts history.
After it all played out, it would be Miocic coming out on top once again to retain the title and send Cormier into retirement with a loss.
The fight would play out on the feet, which was an unlikely direction for this contest as both men have backgrounds in wrestling.
Like the second fight, Cormier could not find the openings to grab a single-leg takedown on Miocic. In the first round, Miocic was able to go the body but Cormier was able to land the bigger shots.
However, the second and third rounds would go to Miocic as he would dominate on the feet. While Cormier was able to go toe-to-toe, he would always be a step behind Miocic in terms of significant strikes. Miocic would have the moment of the night as he hurt Cormier bad at the end of the second round.
In the championship rounds, the two would continue to exchange blows, but Miocic remained one notch better than Cormier for the remainder of the fight to hold onto the belt.
The win marks Miocic’s third title defense, which is the most in heavyweight history. For Cormier, he finishes his career with a remarkable 22-3 record and wins of the heavyweight and light-heavyweight championships.
The UFC’s next pay-per-view will take place on Sep. 26 and is headlined by a middleweight title fight between undefeated champion Israel Adesanya and the undefeated Paulo Costa.