Daniel Cormier goes big in quest to make history

CLEVELAND OH- SEPTEMBER 10  Stipe Miocic speaks with Joe Rogan after defeating Alistair Overeem of The Netherlands in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 203 event at Quicken Loans Arena

Daniel Cormier is the king of two UFC divisions. Conor McGregor was the UFC's featherweight champ in 2016 when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.

Things got heated quickly between Brock Lesnar and newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

Unlike its predecessor, which came in the form of a forgettable heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, Miocic and Cormier started their eagerly-anticipated meeting at a frenetic pace, with the champion taking the centre of the Octagon and putting Cormier on the back foot.

Lesnar is widely expected to return to the UFC later this year or early next year.

Cormier achieved history for himself last night with a stunning first-round KO of Stipe Miocic, but more importantly, he managed to really establish his spot as one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the octagon. White claimed Lesnar reached out to him a couple days ago and told him he was going to be at the fight.

"I told [Lesnar] to relax and calm down, we get it, there's going to be a fight, calm down", White said.

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Also getting their campaigns underway yesterday were five-time women's champion Venus Williams against Johanna Larsson. Cilic will meet the victor of the Jason Kubler and Guido Pella match in the second round.

"I was a heavyweight for a long time, and I left the division", Cormier said. This would presumably mean that Lesnar has to drop the Universal Championship at some point before then, with the most likely date being SummerSlam - WWE's biggest show between now and then.

Cormier's move up to challenge Miocic was only the third superfight in UFC history between reigning champions of two weight classes.

The fight barely over, Cormier began promoting the next.

Cormier has an uncanny ability to deflect blows from much taller opponents by keeping his hands loose and forward instead of using a traditional boxing stance where the hands are held tightly near the head. Once again, Holloway is unable to battle and this makes three consecutive matches where Holloway has turned up lame. "The last time I fought someone I was bigger than was Jeff Monson, that was in (2011) and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there (because) I had the reach advantage, the only time I've had the reach advantage". Both fighters were covered in Felder's blood by the final bell.

And there was a huge shock in the opening bout of the main card, as former K-1 kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki was stopped in just 96 seconds by Las Vegas light-heavyweight Khalil Rountree Jr.

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