Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier Dominant at UFC 220

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier Dominant at UFC 220

20, UFC fans witnessed men's heavyweight title fight between reigning champion Stipe Miocic and the heavy-handed Francis Ngannou on the prelim card of UFC 220.

Still, it's these cards, the ones that fly under the radar, that deliver. Miocic and his team had the flawless game plan to suppress what Ngannou brings to the table - devastating power punching - and as the fight grew longer, the No. 1 contender was visibly running on fumes.

The results were never in question: Stipe Miocic defended his UFC heavyweight championship for the third time, setting a record for the promotion.

Miocic vs. Ngannou from the TD Garden in Boston.

Daniel Cormier locked a choke hold on Volkan Oezdemir with such force that the crowd exploded when the horn sounded to end the first round, thinking the fight was over.

While Stipe Miocic had a tough 5-round fight, particularly grueling early on, against "The Predator", Daniel Cormier proved his mettle in the co-main event of the evening. With no contender in sight and going through tense negotiations with the UFC, Miocic had made a decision to not fight until a new deal could be reached.

Cormier almost put away Oezdemir in the first until the bell ended the violent round.

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While Oezdemir certainly provided a complex puzzle for the champion in the first half of the opening round, Cormier began to take over when the contest was three minutes deep.

Cormier grounded Oezdemir early in round two, now completely in control, and he went to work, pinning his foe's arms as he fired off punches to the head. The win meant a special type of recovery for the defending champ: Last time we'd seen him in the octagon, a crushed Cormier was losing the 205-pound crown to Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC). "I said coming in here that I felt like I was fighting for a vacant title again".

Jones would go on to be flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a failed drug test. Immediately the champion gets to full mount.

If you recall, Ngannou kicked Lewis when he was down after he lost to Mark Hunt last June back at UFC Fight Night 110 and thus, Lewis had to do it him.

The fact that the record prior to Miocic's win in Boston was just two has often been a criticism of the UFC heavyweight division, but that shouldn't take anything away from the incredible run the current champ is on.

Round four started with another brilliant takedown - despite Ngannou insisting he would not be vulnerable to grappling attacks before the fight. Left hand for Oezdemir. House of Pain blared during Font's victory celebration inside the cage. 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. UFC granted an immediate rematch and Razak Alhassan left no doubt about this outcome.

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