Miocic Comes Out On Top In Final Cormier Duel
UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic came out victorious by way of unanimous decision in his final trilogy bout against Daniel Cormier.
Miocic was able to not only retain his title, but also win the bragging rights of leading the series against the future Hall of Famer 2-1. This was their first battle that did not end in a knockout, which is a testament to how badly each competitor wanted to win.
With the victory, many consider Miocic to be the greatest heavyweight competitor of all time. He now sports a robust record of 20-3 and has taken out many of the biggest names in MMA history.
Interestingly, unintentional eye pokes were a subject of discussion before the match began, as Cormier was guilty of accidentally poking Miocic’s eyes in both of their previous bouts, and they found their way into the third battle as well. Cormier was on the receiving end of an accidental gouge this time, suffering a torn cornea as a result.
Many believed the super fight would be Cormier’s last, and he all but confirmed that fact after the clash.
"I'm not interested in fighting for anything but titles," Cormier said in his post-fight interview. "I don't imagine there's going to be a title in the future, so that will be it for me. I've had a long run. It's been great."
While this looks like it could be the last bout of Cormier’s storied career, he will still be heavily involved with the UFC and the sport as a whole. Look for the 42-year-old to continue working the commentary role that he is already well-established in with the company.
UFC President Dana White does not believe that Cormier has fought his last bout with the company, however.
"He'll say he's not going out like that. That's my prediction," White said of Cormier.
As for Miocic, he will continue to add to his already iconic legacy, which many already consider to already be the greatest of all time. The 37-year-old will have an upcoming title fight against Francis Ngannou, who is next in line for a shot at the title after dominating the competition as of late.
It is also rumored that Jon “Bones” Jones would be willing to make a return to the heavyweight division for a potential super fight against Miocic, but White said he would have to wait until Ngannou got his chance. Regardless of who is next up for Miocic, it is clear that he has a busy schedule ahead of him with many competitors hungry to get their shot at the championship.