If the UFC was hurting for big-time bouts to schedule for the end of the year ahead of moving to ESPN, they got a boost Saturday night.
Daniel Cormier became the new heavyweight champion when he finished Stipe Miocic in the first round at UFC 226. The light heavyweight titleholder promptly called out Brock Lesnar, who was sitting Octagon-side for the bout.
A brief scuffle occurred between the two, and UFC president Dana White confirmed that the promotion is working on booking Lesnar vs. Cormier.
Cormier joins Conor McGregor as the only UFC fighters to hold two belts at one time. Randy Couture, BJ Penn and Georges St-Pierre are the only other multi-division champions in UFC history.
“DC” ended the longest-reign for a heavyweight champion in the promotion when he finished Miocic.
The card also featured wins by Derrick Lewis, Mike Perry, former champion Anthony Pettis and Khalil Rountree Jr.
- Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (strike) at 4:33 of Round 1 to become the UFC heavyweight champion
- Derrick Lewis def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Mike Perry def. Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Anthony Pettis def. Michael Chiesa via submission (triangle choke) at :52 of Round 2
- Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Gokhan Saki via KO (strike) at 1:36 of Round 1
- Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via TKO (strikes) at 2:38 of Round 2
- Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Drakkar Klose def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns via KO (strike) at 2:28 of Round 1
- Emily Whitmire def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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