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VIDEO | Watch Daniel Cormier  knockout Stipe Miocic at UFC 226

VIDEO | Watch Daniel Cormier knockout Stipe Miocic at UFC 226

Current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic put his title on the line against reigning light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in the headliner of tonight’s UFC 226 event in Las Vegas.

Stipe Miocic entered tonight’s contest on a six fight win streak, sporting an overall record of 18-2.

Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier is 20-1 in sum, his latest win coming over Volkan Oezdemir via second-round TKO at UFC 220 in Boston.

Round one begins and Miocic takes the center of the cage. Cormier is circling along the outside. He misses with a low kick. Miocic closes the distance and lands an uppercut. “DC” grabs a hold of the clinch and lands an uppercut. They break and Cormier connects with a low kick follows by a right hand. The fighters clinch up and it goes to the ground with Miocic on top. “DC” gets back to his feet and the fighters continue to battle against the cage. Knees from Miocic. Cormier with some shots while pressed against the cage. He is warned not to hit the back of the head. Cromier with a right hand and then a stiff jab. Miocic walks forward and connects with a right. Stipe looks way bigger than Cormier. The fighters grapple for position. Cormier breaks free from the fence and circles out. Stipe with a nice jab and then a hook. He lands another combination. Cormier comes back with a left. He leaps in with a nice combination. Cormier with a slap but it hits Miocic in the eye. We have a short stoppage so Miocic can recover. “DC” receives a warning and then we restart. Cormier with a one two. He lands a right hand and Miocic is down. Ground and pound its over!

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Daniel Cormier will be fighting for more than just the heavyweight title at UFC 226

Daniel Cormier will be fighting for more than just the heavyweight title at UFC 226

Current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will be fighting for more than just the promotions heavyweight title when he squares off with Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 226 this July in Las Vegas.

“DC” has the opportunity to join a group of fellow octagon legends in Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre who are currently the only fighters to have ever captured UFC titles in two different weight classes.

With that said, Cormier would also become only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two of the promotions belts simultaneously, this if he proves victorious against Miocic this summer in Sin City.

The first fighter to reach the aforementioned feet was of course current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who captured the promotions 155-pound title in November of 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second-round of their event headliner in New York.

Unfortunately for fans of the Irish superstar, McGregor will be stripped of his UFC lightweight title as soon as the first strike is thrown between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov in the headliner of next month’s UFC 223 event in Brooklyn.

Unlike McGregor, who never actually went on to defend either his featherweight or lightweight belt, Daniel Cormier has already proven himself as a legit champion in the light heavyweight division.

“DC” made quick work of his most recent opponent Volkan Oezdemir earlier this year at UFC 220 in Boston, scoring a second-round stoppage victory over the feared knockout artist.

Cormier has defeated a handful of talented fighters during his time at light heavyweight including Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (2x), Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Patrick Cummins and Dan Henderson.

The long time American Kickboxing Academy member, Cormier, also holds some impressive victories over some legit heavyweights such as former UFC champions Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, as well as former UFC title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

In fact, the only setbacks of Daniel Cormier’s professional mixed martial arts career have come at the hands and feet of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones.

That most recent “setback” to Jones, which occurred in the main event of UFC 214 in August of 2017, was eventually overturned to a no-contest this after “Bones” popped for banned substances.

With a win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, an argument could be made that Daniel Cormier is quite possibly the greatest fighter of all-time.

That is not to take anything away from the accomplishments of fighters such as current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson or former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre. But with a win over “The Baddest Man on the Planet” this July, Cormier should definitely be in the conversation for GOAT status.

That being said, a win over Miocic will be anything but easy. Stipe has proven himself as the greatest heavyweight champion in the promotions history.

Since capturing the promotions coveted heavyweight title by defeating Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in Brazil, Miocic has since gone on to defend his strap against formidable foes Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem and most recently Francis Ngannou.

Hence why a win over Miocic would be such an amazing feet, even for a fighter as accomplished as Daniel Cormier.

Win or lose Daniel Cormier will make history at UFC 226, but a win could catapult the aging UFC legend to the top of a very select group of special fighters.

UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier Fight Card

UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier Fight Card

The octagon will once again take center stage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 7 for the promotions UFC 226 fight card.

The blockbuster event is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring current champion Stipe Miocic taking on reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

“DC” has the opportunity to join a group of fellow octagon legends in Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre who are currently the only fighters to have ever captured UFC titles in two different weight classes.

Cormier made quick work of his most recent opponent Volkan Oezdemir earlier this year at UFC 220 in Boston, scoring a second-round stoppage victory over the feared knockout artist.

Cormier has defeated a handful of talented fighters during his time at light heavyweight including Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (2x), Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Patrick Cummins and Dan Henderson.

The long time American Kickboxing Academy member, Cormier, also holds some impressive victories over some legit heavyweights such as former UFC champions Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, as well as former UFC title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Meanwhile, Stipe Miocic has proven himself to be the greatest heavyweight champion in the promotions history.

Since capturing the promotions coveted heavyweight title by defeating Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in Brazil, Miocic has since gone on to defend his championship a record setting three times against formidable foes Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem and most recently Francis Ngannou.

The co-main event of UFC 226 features the return of current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway who will be taking on undefeated contender Brian Ortega.

The proud Hawaiian, Holloway, was last seen in action at UFC 218 in Detroit where he successfully defended his UFC featherweight title via third-round TKO in a rematch against Jose Aldo.

“Blessed” is currently riding an amazing twelve-fight win streak which includes victories over Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson and Charles Oliveira.

As for Max Holloway’s undefeated opponent Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA), “T-City” was most recently seen in action this past March at UFC 222 where he became the first fighter in UFC history to score a stoppage victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Ortega has scored stoppage victories in all six of his octagon appearances.

Also on the card is a massive heavyweight fight featuring recent title challenger Francis Ngannou taking on fellow knockout artist Derrick Lewis.

Check out the stacked UFC 226 lineup below:

UFC 226 Main Card 10pm Est (Pay-Per-View)

Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Daniel Cormier
Max Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega
Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.

UFC 226 Prelims (FS1 & UFC Fight Pass)

Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa
Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry
Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender
Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire
Gilbert Burns vs. Dan Hooker
Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose

BREAKING! Daniel Cormier issues statement on Jon Jones failed drug test

BREAKING! Daniel Cormier issues statement on Jon Jones failed drug test

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Earlier tonight shocking news broke that current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had been flagged by USADA for an Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

Jon Jones had recently defeated Daniel Cormier on July 29 at UFC 214 via third-round knockout to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown.

Here is the official statement from the UFC:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

As of this time Jon Jones has not been stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight championship.

Of course “Bones” remains innocent until proven guilty, but the situation certainly does not look good.

Ariel Helwani reached out to “DC” shortly after the story broke and the news had Cormier “shaking”.

Most recently, the former champion Cormier, who could soon have his belt back, issued the following statement to MMAFighting.

“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” Cormier said. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional. We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.”

He continued:

“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next. Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”