OH firefighter Miocic dominated Ngannou over five punishing rounds in the main event of UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts to claim a landslide unanimous decision victory and retain his title for the third successive time.
By the time their heavyweight bout reached the fifth round, Miocic and Ngannou huffed, puffed and trudged around the cage without a knockout in sight. All three judges ringside scored the fight 50-44 for Miocic. Both fighters have a violent history of finishing off their foes within two rounds and Ngannou was coming off a nasty knockout win just seven weeks ago.
Ngannou talked big prior to January 20, but could not solve Miocic, who looked, fought and wrestled like a heavyweight on a mission.
Miocic is now on a six-fight win streak. Of course there was danger, look how big he is, he is a tough dude. "For them to actually make that public was a little bit of a bad mistake, I thought". But the real difference maker, as expected, was Cormier's ability to move the fight to the mat on his terms.
At one stage, Miocic transitioned to side control at landed grounded shots as the MMA Factory fighter struggled to defend himself.
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Ngannou, a Cameroon native who this week criticised President Donald Trump for his profane description of African countries, never found that reserve power.
Miocic, by virtue of this record, is the most dominant heavyweight in the history of the UFC.
Miocic entered the fight with two consecutive successful title defenses, with wins over Junior Dos Santos and Overeem in May 2017 and September 2016. I go through a lot of stuff, man, and it's because of my greatest rival. [Dos Santos], who I lost to previously.
But the beginning of the end for Oezdemir came early in the second round.
The, UFC star widely regarded as the best fighter in the world, yet can't keep out of trouble long enough to stay champion? "I don't believe that he'll back in time for us to fight again".
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Miocic and Ngannou shake hands after the fight.
The TD Garden was packed and lit from the opening preliminary bout and the card was sprinkled with MA fighters that sent the crowd into a frenzy with each introduction.
"I proved I'm worthy of being called champion, but Volkan's on that level", Cormier said.
In what seemed to be a statement to the rest of the 205-pound division, Cormier was able to tag Oezdemir a handful of times, damaging the challenger's right eye.
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Although he's known for his Olympic caliber wrestling, the 38-year-old Cormier gave fans a treat at UFC 220 when he put his improved striking on display for most of the first round. Nurmagomedov is set to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 223 in NY.