UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier took place July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (18-3) faced off against light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) in the night’s main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights below.
For more on Miocic vs. Cormier, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee.
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 a punch 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