UFC 220 Results: Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic Defend Championship Belts

The Strong Style Fight Team standout retained the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title with a five-round unanimous decision over No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou in the UFC 220 main event on Saturday at the TD Garden in Boston.

With his success, Miocic became the first heavyweight to successfully defend the belt three consecutive times. Immediately the champion gets to full mount.

Despite Ngannou failing to make a big impression on the contest, Miocic praised the African, who climbed the ladder to a UFC title shot within five years of beginning his training in MMA.

The win was 35-year-old's the sixth straight while Ngannou had his 10-fight winning streak of stoppage wins snapped.

With a touch of the gloves, the two hulking warriors met in the center of the Octagon.

Round three saw Miocic attack early with leg kicks. Ngannou fired back with a right. Ngannou was able to pop back up out of the hold, but Miocic maintained clinch until stepping out of it. After a momentary lull to the action, Ngannou pushed forward with more haymakers but could only connect with air.

Oezdemir with a jab. nice left from Cormier.

Ducking under, Miocic secured the takedown and worked his way to half-guard., planting a series of shorts punches and elbows in the process. Avoiding most of those lethal Ngannou punches, Miocic laced one-two combinations through Ngannou's defense.

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Miocic landed yet another takedown and just punished Ngannou on the ground. Even when Miocic seemingly lets him loose, a listless Ngannou can not get loose.

Many did, but Miocic knew he had the skills to rise to the occasion. It was "DC" in control at the end, as he took his opponent down and almost sunk in a rear naked choke before the horn sounded.

At one stage, the champion was backed against the cage and Oezdemir connected with a left hand that resembled the same knockout blows that had ended fights in the past. DC transitions into the single leg and brings the challenger to the mat early. Stunned, Miocic instinctively dropped down and secured the takedown. With the referee watching closely, Miocic continued to connect with short punches and elbows against the fence to close out the round.

But Miocic will enter the underdog, offered at the current price of plus-145 with Ngannou at minus-175.

Miocic grabbed Ngannou's bulging neck in the final seconds of round two but the bell saved the stricken star from a submission defeat. The 6-foot-4, 263-pound Ngannou's body betrayed him. The two broke and Miocic landed a right; Ngannou then landed a crushing right that hurt Miocic.

A visibly worn out Ngannou could not muster anything in the final round and a dominant Miocic made the judges decision an easy one as he claimed history.

It was only a temporary reprieve, though, as Cormier quickly asserted himself. Hard right hand from Cormier.

  • Lawrence Cooper