Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier by way of unanimous choice (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) to retain the UFC heavyweight title in the primary occasion of UFC 252 on the UFC’s APEX Facility on Saturday night time.
Regardless of the consequence, Daniel Cormier was going to retire and now he does so by way of a visit to the hospital after struggling an eye fixed damage within the struggle that he says left him blind.
After each males had a victory over one another for the heavyweight title, Miocic walks away with the rubber stamp victory of their trilogy struggle, the primary of which to go the gap.
Miocic additionally broke his personal document of most title defenses in UFC heavyweight historical past with the victory as he now has 4 profitable defences beneath his belt.
Cormier was the primary to land a telling blow within the struggle as he wobbled the champion after Miocic had made a stable begin to the struggle.
The struggle change within the second spherical when Cormier suffered an eye fixed poke from Miocic and DC advised his nook heading into the third spherical that he couldn’t see out of his left eye.
Followers will keep in mind that eye pokes have been a operating theme with these two as Miocic wanted surgical procedure to restore a torn retina final 12 months because of Cormier eye pokes of their second struggle.
Miocic, 20-3, had a dominant third spherical, however the half-blind Cormier rallied within the fourth and started to empty his arsenal.
Though Cormier tried to work his means inside to get to the place he works finest, Miocic was capable of push Cormier in opposition to the cage and nullify the previous Olympic wrestler’s clinch sport.
Miocic leaned on and dominated Cormier within the ‘championship’ rounds and he was capable of land laborious rights and a well timed knee within the fifth to seal the victory.
UFC President was stuffed with reward for each males following the struggle.
“How powerful are each of these guys?” White mentioned. “Each guys bought poked within the eye. Each guys bought rocked. Each guys fought their hearts out. … It was a type of heavyweight championship fights that felt large and everyone was watching. It was enjoyable.”