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UFC 226 live blog: Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

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Stipe Miocic faces off with Daniel Cormier ahead of their heavyweight championship bout at UFC 226 on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 226 live blog for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier, a heavyweight championship bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Miocic, who is looking to extend his UFC record streak of three consecutive heavyweight title defenses, fights Cormier, the UFC’s reigning light heavyweight champion, in the main event.

Check out the UFC 226 live blog below.

Round 1: Marc Goddard is the referee for this main event. Miocic strikes first with a quick combo, Cormier looking to clinch up, but Miocic won’t allow it. Short punch inside by Cormier. They grapple and it’s Miocic who almost drags Cormier down, but the smaller man is able to get up with his back against the cage. Miocic pressing Cormier against the cage, throwing knees to the thigh. They break apart. Straight jab lands for D.C. Miocic with the right hand now. Back to the clinch, they battle for underhooks then separate again. Short punch by Miocic lands. Leg kick scores for Cormier, then a jab. Miocic coming over the top with punches, Cormier answers back with straight shots. Both fighters connecting now. Inside leg kick, but Cormier’s follow-up sees him accidentally poking Miocic’s eye. Goddard warns Cormier about keeping his hands closed. Cormier with the switch kick to the body. Miocic answers with a leg kick. 1-2 lands for Cormier. He breaks a clinch attempt by Miocic and lands an elbow right on the jaw, Miocic goes down! Cormier is on him with ground-and-pound and this one is over!

Official result: Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (elbow and punches) at 4:33 of Round 1