To his credit, Cormier can make a compelling case about why it's possible for him to become the second fighter in UFC history to hold championship belts in two different weight classes at the same time. McGregor briefly held both the featherweight and lightweight crowns at the same time in 2016.
After an absolute snoozer in the co-main between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, Cormier and Miocic went right to war, with Cormier catching Miocic with a huge right hook in the clinch that dropped Miocic.
Cormier was able to catch Miocic with a big right hand that sent the Cleveland native crashing to the canvas.
The card's showpiece bout comes in the form of the eagerly-anticipated heavyweight title fight between champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
"Push me now, (and) you're going to sleep later", Cormier yelled at Lesnar.
"Let me tell you something, I walked into this building and watched a heavyweight disaster from the beginning", Lesnar said.
While the event has taken a big hit with Max Holloway's removal from his title fight with Brian Ortega after showing concussion-like symptoms during fight week, the card is still stacked with star power. "From crying in this octagon nearly a year ago, to leaving as the heavyweight champion". "I spent all camp knocking out my training partners, and today I got to do it in the octagon".
He'll have to face a remarkable fighter in Cormier, who was a heavyweight amateur wrestler before his late-starting MMA career. Cormier has said in the past that he plans to retire when he turns 40 next March, so it remains to be seen if he'll ever defend his light heavyweight title again. Welterweight Mike Perry also earned a copiously bloody split-decision victory over Paul Felder.
UFC light heavyweight champions Daniel Cormier warms up backstage during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
As expected, Lesnar will challenge Cormier for the heavyweight belt, though a date and location aren't determined. He's a former UFC champion. Costa stopped Uriah Hall 2:38 into the second-round of their 185-pound bout on Saturday night.
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