Friday, 20 July, 2018

Fighters react to Daniel Cormier knocking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226

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Ivan Hill | 08 July, 2018, 09:21

UFC 226 main event delivered some great fights but right before the main event's heavyweight fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier at UFC 226, Brock Lesnar made his way to the cage-side.

After missing weight on Friday, Chiesa declared that the Pettis fight would be his last outing at lightweight. He won the Strikeforce heavyweight title before leaving the division when he joined the UFC because he didn't want to fight Cain Velasquez, his training partner and the former UFC heavyweight champ. The rest of the card featured some fantastic fights and finishes such as Anthony Pettis' thrilling submission win over Michael Chiesa and Khalil Rountree Jr.'s KO of kickboxer Gokhan Saki.

"It's the same, man, these guys are all the same", Cormier said "I approach them all the same way".

Gold was also supposed to be on the line in the co-main event as featherweight kingpin Max Holloway was expected to face off with undefeated challenger Brian Ortega.

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Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice. His win over Mark Hunt was declared a no-contest after he tested positive for a banned substance.

"This is the ultimate thing you can do in this sport", Cormier said. Miocic has made a record three consecutive title defenses at heavyweight, where the limit is 265 pounds. The Olympic wrestler most recently stopped Volkan Oezdemir in January to set up the heavyweight superfight. The story is created to make Brock look as if he is actually holding the championship hostage so that whoever ends up facing him will get a babyface reaction when going up against a heel Lesnar. "The last time I fought someone I was bigger than was Jeff Monson, that was in (2011) and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there (because) I had the reach advantage, the only time I've had the reach advantage". "There is no part of me that fears Stipe Miocic".

"I'm 5-foot-11, at best, in my tall shoes, and I'm a grinder, and that's what I'm going to do on Saturday". Miocic was not impressed and actually shoved the ref, but he was done and only taking more damage. "I'm excited. I love being champ". "I spent all camp knocking out my training partners, and today I got to do it in the octagon".

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