Miocic makes history with latest title defence

Daniel Cormier attempted to provoke Volkan Oezdemir on stage in Boston

The judges unanimously scored the bout 50-44 for the underdog champion who made his record third defense against the odds and the oddsmakers. However, it appeared Ngannou exhausted out after trying to land his trademark knockout blows during the first round.

Referee Herb Dean had to tell Ngannou to show some willing but the softly-spoken giant looked broken in his 13 fight.

Miocic is now on a six-fight win streak. Danny-what a tough dude. I go through a lot of stuff, man, and it's because of my greatest rival.

Oezdemir could be the fighter that makes Cormier look real old, real quick. Barzola was relentless with his wrestling and landed five takedowns for 4:32 of control time on the ground to take out Bessette.

"I think I underestimated him a little bit", Ngannou conceded.

For months, the powerhouse had been practically living in the UFC Performance Institute and with a large portion of the promotional efforts fixated on his power and overall mystique, when the champ Miocic came away in victory, it can't have been exactly what the UFC brass had hoped to see. After momentarily threatening with a guillotine, Miocic released and Ngannou as the two fighters made their way back to their feet.

Oezedmir was saved by the bell briefly.

Possibly the most significant moment of round one occurred with just under 30 seconds remaining.

The other title fight also saw a champion retain as Daniel Cormier had a TKO win against Volkan Oezdemir for the light heavyweight crown. After his absolute trashing of Francis N'Gannou, it seems like Stipe wasn't about having Dana White award him with his title belt.

Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou squared off without any undue drama
Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou squared off without any undue drama

"I hate that he did some dirty stuff", Cormier says, again of Jones.

Cormier was awarded the title in September after Jon Jones was stripped of the 205-pound title when he failed his latest doping test.

But against Oezdemir, he proved worthy of the title. But Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of shots to the face. "I've lost twice to Jon Jones". "I don't believe that he'll back in time for us to fight again". Immediately the champion gets to full mount. I can't ignore what happened in July. It was about me, because I'm the champ.

"I can knock him out, I can submit him, I can beat him by decision", Cormier said. "Everyone who makes it to this point is on that level". Volkan Oezdemir, I leave a piece of myself with every opponent. It was frustrating that he took my back and was able to just hold me.

Cormier, often the subject of ridicule from fans despite his stellar record, was cheered by the Boston crowd. He took a lap around the canvas with his right arm raised in triumph, backed by "Let's go DC!" chants.

Ngannou's lone loss coming into Saturday night came before he arrived in the UFC by way of decision. The bars that surrounded the arena had UFC banners waving on a windy night. For the first time in two years, the UFC returned to Boston with UFC 220. On the ground, Ngannou had difficulty defending himself, taking poundings and holding Miocic's weight, which added to his fatigue.

Islam Makhachev defeated Gleison Tibau Gleison Tibau was barely back from a two-year USADA suspension when rising prospect Islam Makhachev landed a devastating overhand left that dropped Tibau where he stood. That event was headlined by a lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn.

UFC 220 was a relatively successful event, all things considered.

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