(CNN) — Stipe Miocic conquered Daniel Cormier in the UFC 241 major event Saturday night to become the heavyweight champion.
For several rounds it seemed like Miocic might lose his second consecutive struggle against Cormier, the defending heavyweight champ. Cormier beat on him at UFC 226 at July 2018, knocking him out in the first round.
However, this period Miocic staged a comeback in the fourth round, delivering several body shots and right-handed blows to Cormier’s head which ended in a knockout to recover the name.
“He’s an awesome fighter,” Miocic said of his rival at a post-fight news conference. “He gets people feel uncomfortable in the slightest. He did that for the first couple of rounds but I started to get my bearings. I saw him slowing down and I thought,’Ok , this is where I take it now.’”
Before dropping to Cormier last year, Miocic, 35, was the first UFC heavyweight champion to defend the title three times.
Cormier, 40, the very first and sole UFC fighter to defend titles in two weight classes, has suggested that Saturday’s fight could be his last.
“Everybody asks about [retirement], however, that is what happens when you turn 40,” Cormier told CNN on Thursday. “I feel good. I wan na na get through this weekend, and then I’ll sit with my loved ones, and we’re going to figure out what’s happening. It is a thing that is real . Father time catches up to everybody.”
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