(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 could lose his next successive fight against Cormier, the defending heavyweight champ. Cormier conquer him knocking him out at the first round.
But this period Miocic staged a comeback in the fourth round, delivering many body shots and right-handed blows to Cormier’s mind which ended in a match to reclaim the title.
“He’s an remarkable fighter,” Miocic stated of his opponent at a post-fight news conference. “He gets people feel uncomfortable in there. He did for the first couple of weeks but I began to get my bearings. I saw him slowing down and I thought,’Ok this is where I take it now.’”
Before losing to Cormier last calendar year, Miocic, 35, had been the first UFC heavyweight champion to defend the title three times.
Cormier, 40, the first and only UFC fighter to defend titles in two weight classes, has triumphed that Saturday’s fight could be his final.
“Everyone asks about [retirement], but that is what happens if 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’ll figure out what’s going on. It’s a thing that is true , though. Father time builds up to everyone.”
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