Brock Lesnar Enters the Octagon at UFC 226 & Shoves New Heavyweight Champion

08 July, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Irvin Gilbert

Daniel Cormier could hardly believe himself.

In the night's main event, the promotion's heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, clashes with light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier.

Pettis caught Chiesa with a right hand and knocked him over as he tried to land a jumping knee on the follow-up.

He finished Miocic (18-3) on the ground with 27 seconds left in the round by landing several shots to the defenseless champion's head. Lesnar entered the cage and pushed Cormier in an intense scene. "I got some pictures to take".

The fight pits two of the UFC's most popular world champions head-to-head, in a fascinating battle of champions. That's why, despite holding the UFC's light heavyweight championship, he moved up to challenge heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

A win over Miocic would go a long way toward proving Cormier's claim.

"This is the ultimate thing you can do in this sport", Cormier said. "But today, I have accomplished everything I ever wanted". The story is created to make Brock look as if he is actually holding the championship hostage so that whoever ends up facing him will get a babyface reaction when going up against a heel Lesnar.

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"Hey Brock, get out of my Octagon", Cormier said. The rest of the card featured some unbelievable fights and finishes such as Anthony Pettis' thrilling submission win over Michael Chiesa and Khalil Rountree Jr.'s KO of kickboxer Gokhan Saki. Penn and Georges St. Pierre have held belts in two weight classes.

After beating Miocic, Cormier engaged in a bit of clearly planned theatrics with Brock Lesnar, the professional wrestler and former UFC heavyweight champion. "Your days are in the past. Your day is in the past; 2010 is like the stone age". His potential appearance at UFC 227 against Ortega, as has been rumored (Holloway's health permitting), may go a long way towards answering that question.

But even then, Cormier is right to point out that he's fought guys with similar reach advantages.

The undercard fights are expected to start around three hours before the main event, so be sure to tune in early if you want more MMA than just Miocic vs Cormier. Welterweight Mike Perry also earned a copiously bloody split-decision victory over Paul Felder.

Cormier elected to drop to light heavyweight only because his friend Cain Velasquez held the UFC heavyweight belt at the time.

The Cleveland firefighter hadn't lost since December 2014 and hadn't been stopped since September 2012. Of course, if the UFC wanted to put the fight on one of the biggest stages in combat sports, they have already secured an October date for Madison Square Garden in New York City. By comparison, Miocic landed 24.

As fans booed the duo following the final bell, you couldn't help but fathom what happened to the all action Ngannou that first emerged in the UFC ranks.

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