Alhassan: "This feels incredible because I couldn't even celebrate after the first fight". Miocic was successful in dodging Ngannou's most risky strikes and was able to take Ngannou to the ground, where he landed more than 100 ground strikes to control the fight the rest of the way.
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Miocic broke the UFC Heavyweight Division curse and became the first man to ever successfully defend the UFC Heavyweight title for 3 consecutive times.
Despite his dominant title reign, Miocic actually walked into the fight as a decided underdog and that definitely rubbed him the wrong way as he had far more experience against higher level opposition than Ngannou. But the champ held him in the clinch against the cage, threw Ngannou to the ground and went right back to bullying the challenger on the ground against the cage. Miocic didn't win style points and it wasn't pretty, but he spent most of Rounds 2 through 5 making Ngannou carry his weight. With over four minutes on the clock to work, Miocic put on a relentless assault of punches and elbows as Ngannou simply turtled up on his knees.
Cardio is king inside the octagon and while Ngannou had his moments, it was the champion who was able to inflict his game on his opponent.
Ngannou eventually closed the distance and landed a short uppercut, but Miocic responded by grabbing him at the waist and taking him down to the mat. Ngannou threatens with a choke but Miocic escapes.More news: US Mideast envoy meets Israeli official before VP visit
Cormier was awarded the title in September after Jon Jones was stripped of the 205-pound title when he failed his latest doping test.
The time has yet to come when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier can get through a press conference without getting asked about Jon Jones. They traded devastating shots at the end of the round, which concluded with another Miocic takedown. When I'm in the fight, I get so balled up with anger.
Round one began with both men swinging for the fences. The UFC made the decision to give Cormier the title back. Oezdemir landed some stinging rights early on that reddened the side of Cormier's face, but the champion simply continued to walk him down and he landed some huge right hands of his own to dip the challenger's legs.
Cormier (20-1) showed his calibre and experience in seeing off Swiss challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-2), who was fighting in the UFC for just the fourth time.
'I've proven that I'm worthy of being called a world champion, ' said Cormier following the win. Cormier looking for a finish now, but Oezdemir fires back showing he's still in the fight.