To the surprise of many Stipe Miocic was knocked out by Daniel Cormier in their heavyweight title fight encounter at UFC 226.
Miocic had not lost in 3 1/2 years was and had successfully defended his heavyweight title three times. That included wins over heavy hitters such as Francis Ngannou, Junior dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem. Those three fighters are heavyweights known for putting their opponents to sleep, but neither could do so to Miocic.
Daniel Cormier was moving up from light heavyweight to fight Miocic and if none of those three could put Micocic to sleep it didn’t seem likely Cormier could. Well to the surprise of many Cormier did just that. Miocic has never been a big talker, and as expected his was humble in defeat just as he is in victory. He didn’t take any credit away from Cormier and made zero excuses for the loss.
In the heavyweight division, anyone can be knocked out.
Miocic tried to stay positive despite the loss.
“But in perspective, I look at it — I’m going home right now to my beautiful wife, who’s having my child. There’s better things in life than losing. It sucks, I want to come back and get a rematch, of course. Right now, it’s DC’s day, good for him.”
Miocic now has to build his way back up to title contention. After the loss Cormier called out Brock Lesnar and then a shoving match ensued in the Octagon between the two. It had fans buzzing and seemingly made everyone forget about Miocic.
Depending on how fast Miocic can work his way back to a title shot, he could either be facing Lesnar or Cormier. Either fight would have fans interest, all Miocic has to do now is focus on winning fights to earn the title shot again.
All it took was one punch to change the fight.
Up until the punch that put Miocic on the canvas, the fight had been close. If anything you could assume that Miocic had the upper hand as he was able to bully Cormier because of his size and he seemed to think the same.
“It sucks, I want to come back and get a rematch, of course. Right now, it’s DC’s day, good for him. He hit me with some good shots and I was hitting him with some good shots, we were going back and forth, but I thought I was backing him up a lot more and then he caught me with a right hand, or whatever it was — elbow I think it was, I don’t know, something.”
If we look at how Miocic has rebounded from previous losses, he has always come back better than before. If that continues to hold true then it will be scary to see the next version of Stipe Miocic.
The heavyweight division still lacks real depth so it shouldn’t be long before we see Moicic back in title contention and it would be great to see a rematch with Cormier of a fight with Lesnar.