(CNN) — Stipe Miocic conquered Daniel Cormier from the UFC 241 main event Saturday night to become the heavyweight champion.
For several rounds it seemed like Miocic could lose his next successive fight against Cormier, the defending heavyweight champ. Cormier conquer him at UFC 226 at July 2018, knocking him out.
But this time Miocic staged a comeback in the fourth round, delivering many body shots and also bends blows to Cormier’s head which ended in a knockout to recover the title.
“He is an awesome fighter,” Miocic mentioned of his competition at a post-fight news conference. “He gets people feel uncomfortable in the slightest. He did that for the first two rounds but I started to receive my bearings. I saw him slowing down and I thought,’Okay, this is where I take it today.’”
Before dropping to Cormier this past year, Miocic, 35, had been the first UFC heavyweight champion to defend the title three times.
Cormier, 40, the very first and just UFC fighter to defend titles in two weight classes, has hinted that Saturday’s struggle could be his last.
“Everybody asks about [retirement], but that is 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 family, and we are going to determine what’s going on. It’s a real thing. Father time catches up to everyone.”
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