And two of the three judges scored it for Cormier. LAS VEGAS -- The backdrop for UFC 252's main event heavyweight title fight could not have been more intriguing. "What a night" it was, but now, the best heavyweight fighter in UFC history is back where he wants to be most. However, replays would show Miocic's left hand was open during one of the punches, and his outstretched fingers dug into Cormier's left eye. The smaller cage in the UFC's Apex facility was supposed to favor Cormier, the stronger wrestler and a former Olympian. 2 Buckeyes and No. In rounds that close, moments can mean everything. “Stipe is very good at submissions,” he says. At six feet, four inches tall and 245 pounds, he never really needed to say much to get his point across. He did it to me multiple times. Our trainer comes from more a catch wrestling background as opposed to straight jiu-jitsu, so I think Struve is going to be a bit confused on the ground.”. Stipe Miocic (9-0) is a man of few words. “Tim’s really big so it was good to get some time in with him. Cormier asked his corner in between the second and third rounds. By: Danny Segura. Joe Rogan and Dominick Cruz discuss the historical implications of Stipe Miocic's victory over Daniel Cormier in the heavyweight title fight at UFC 252. Stipe Miocic (9-0) is a man of few words. Athlete. Stipe Miocic crowd surfed among Ohio State fans on ESPN's 'College Gameday' By Simon Samano, The Blue Corner November 23, 2019 2:00 pm Follow @SJSamano 284 shares. Miocic has been on a tear in his MMA career, but he is in no way an overnight success. That shot ruined what had been a pretty good round to that point for Miocic. Previously city included Willowick OH. Justin Gaethje wants to test Khabib Nurmagomedov’s damage threshold. "That's it for me. Summary: Stipe Miocic was born on 08/19/1982 and is 37 years old. “Stefan’s a step up in competition,” he said. 'Nothing but thanks, love and respect to my team, my family, and my fans. He’s a super tough guy who is great at every aspect of the game and he loves fighting." or. "Did I drop? Stipe works part time as a firefighter and EMT at two different Cleveland stations, and he says the guys he works with aren’t impressed with his UFC career. “I went out to train with Tim Sylvia,” he said. "But it wasn't intentional. “They bust my balls pretty good,” he says. “I’m really happy for him,” says Team StrongStyle teammate Brian “The Predator” Rogers. Cormier landed 105. Stipe Miocic was so engrossed in the fight that he didn’t realize what he had hit. BEFORE THE FIGHT: Stipe guaranteed win over Cormier during pre-fight interview with 3News' Jay Crawford. In fact, to hear him tell it, it’s not really a big deal at all. Miocic’s success in the Octagon has been impressive. "I believe that separated the close rounds," Cormier said. "Did I drop?" The fight consisted of five close, competitive rounds. Subscribe to ESPN+ to get exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more; Ariel and the Bad Guy; Dana White's Contender Series; and more exclusive MMA content. When Stipe's next fight will take place is still a matter of discussion. "They s--t on me more than anyone ever s--t on me in my life," Miocic said Sunday after the fight. “One thing about being a professional firefighter is learning patience. I do think I need to put on weight, but I need to do it slowly. It's been great. tweet. There is a stunning outdoor swimming pool complete with waterslide, while the interior is classy and elegant. At the postfight news conference, White said he still doesn't think Cormier will retire, a prediction he made prior to the fight as well. Miocic is now 6-1 all-time in UFC title fights, with the only loss coming in that first bout against the future Hall of Famer Cormier (who claims he has fought for the last time). According to UFC Stats, Miocic landed 115 significant strikes in the bout. UFC Fight Night viewers guide: In long-awaited return, will Brian Ortega be better than ever? You'll now receive the top MMA Junkie stories each day directly in your inbox. Jon "Bones" Jones. Cormier poked Miocic in the left eye during the first round. He is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the heavyweight division and is the two-time and current UFC Heavyweight Champion. My bad.'". ", "I felt bad," Miocic said. Chael was one of the first UFC guys I ever met and it was really cool. Cormier had said it's not as easy it sounds to take down an athlete like Miocic, who said he had been working on his wrestling more this training camp. And oh yeah, he’s American folks. "My bad, bro," Cormier said immediately after the foul. He required eye surgery in 2020 after sustaining injuries caused by eye pokes during his 2019 bout against Cormier. • Sep. 28, 2012, Copyright © 2001-2020 UFC All Rights Reserved. A series tied at 1-1, featuring Stipe Miocic, the only man who has ever defended the UFC's heavyweight championship three consecutive times, and Daniel Cormier, the only man who has ever beaten Miocic in a championship fight. “To see the past seven or eight years of hard work paying off is so great. ET Khabib "the Eagle" Nurmagomedov. • Main card: ESPN, ESPN+, 8:30 p.m. $70.00. Stipe Miocic's wife opens up about UFC controversy with 3News' Jay Crawford UFC president Dana White said that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic could be stripped of his title. To call him the Green Giant isn’t a stretch at all. Jessica Aguilar proud to witness growth of women's MMA: 'We're established'. Please check your email for a confirmation. He reveals that he saw the infraction only when he caught the replay. 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But as it turned out, Miocic didn't need those wrestling shoes. “Yeah, he was talking really slow and I was getting checked out by the doctor after my fight and I just nodded and signed the autograph. Daniel Cormier. Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson. “He’s so nice he laughs along. It's black. Forgot account? Even his fellow UFC fighters. White confirmed at the news conference that Ngannou will get the next title shot. Mirko CroCop Filipovic. It’s understandable then, with a uniquely Croatian name and an icy Eastern European stare, that people often think he doesn’t speak English. Chael Sonnen breaks down Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier and explains what the difference-maker was in Miocic's unanimous decision victory. “I just have to out there and get the W. I don’t care if it’s a knockout, a submission or a decision. It didn't take long for that narrative to impact the third fight. send. (edited). ET. He is really long and I’m small for heavyweight as it is, but being a heavyweight is fantastic. Celebrity Detective reports that Miocic, who works as a fireman outside the octagon, moved to an 8,400 square-foot mansion built on just under four acres.. He’s a guy who’s willing to throw down. "That old leg is gonna be right in front of me to grab. "I love fighting at the Apex," Cormier said earlier this summer on ESPN's DC & Helwani Show. He made another key midfight adjustment in the third fight -- working the clinch. STIPE MIOCIC is one of UFC’s biggest stars – so it’s no surprise he lives in a property to be envious of. (0:31). But wouldn't you know it, the same thing happened in the very next round, with the roles reversed. At nearly seven feet tall, Struve poses unique challenges and is a hard person to emulate in camp, so Stipe visited a former UFC champion for some “height” training. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, who battled for five hard rounds in the UFC 252 main event, will both be out until September 30 at minimum due to potential eye damage sustained in their fight. Please check your email for a confirmation. I've had a long run. Create New Account. Miocic (pronounced My-Oh-Sitch) remembers the exchange. Create New Account. "I mean f---, look at my eye," Cormier said after the bout. sms. In honor of Khamzat Chimaev's 10 day turnaround for his fight against Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas, we look back at the Top 5 fastest turnarounds in UFC history. "But I need you to get your head in this game.". “I have to get going a lot quicker than I did in my previous fights. Here are five critical aspects from the most important fight in UFC heavyweight history. It took an entire year for the UFC to book Saturday's trilogy fight, and the main reason for the delay was Miocic's eyes. Prior to leaving the UFC's Apex facility, he told commentator Joe Rogan he does not expect to fight again. Although many undoubtedly want to hear more from Cormier about his future, as of right now, the 41-year-old legend says he is done. • Prelims: ESPN+, 5:30 p.m. Related Pages. I need the W against Struve. "COLUMBUS, Ohio — Contact sports can resume competition this fall, according to a new order from Ohio Gov. Miocic returned the favor to win it back in 2019. Ariel Helwani explains what Daniel Cormier's UFC legacy will be following his retirement claims after losing his heavyweight title fight against Stipe Miocic. Author: WKYC … There weren’t many people yet inside The Toyota Center in Houston, TX, but as I sat in press row, I noticed there were three very vocal fans supporting him in the stands – his cousins and his girlfriend.