first_imgSporting News had the fight scored 29-28 for Cormier at the time of the stoppage.  STIPE KNOCKS OUT DC IN ROUND 4!!!#AndNew! What a fight! #UFC241— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019 Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”DC’s a tough motherf—er,” Miocic said in his post-fight interview. “I’m going to give it to him. Thank god because that motherf—er’s tough and he kept coming. It’s a fight, anything can happen.”Cormier came out in the first round on fire, blasting Miocic with leg kicks and hard shots to the head. He punctuated a dominant first round by picking up Miocic over his head and slamming him to the canvas.The second round had Cormier and Miocic throwing caution to the wind as they exchanged powerful shots in close quarters with Cormier having a slight advantage because he pressed forward and got the better of the exchanges. But Miocic (19-3) began to slowly change the tide in the third round. He started to use his striking advantage by firing combinations and throwing the jab with more efficiency on the outside, which allowed him to briefly take Cormier down. Having the success he did in the third round led Miocic to continue to use his boxing in the fourth round. Instead of jabbing, Miocic stayed at a controlled distance and started digging in and pounding away at Cormier’s body. The shot that clinched the fight for Miocic was a sharp left hook to the body, which made Cormier wince in agony. Sensing Cormier was ripe for the picking, Miocic blasted Cormier with two crisp right hands to drop Cormier against the cage. Miocic threw one vicious shot after another until referee Herb Dean pulled Miocic off and the native of Cleveland became a two-time heavyweight champion.“I knew I was hurting him,” Miocic said. “He was dropping his hands. I’ve just got to keep working, keep working, and he was going to leave something open and I started coming over with the right hand.”For Cormier (22-2, one no-contest), it is unknown what he will do next. Trilogy fights against Miocic and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would be available and retirement could be an option as Cormier had said in the past that he would leave the sport by his 40th birthday. That came and went when he took the rematch with Miocic.“You don’t make decisions based on emotions,” Cormier said about the possibility of retirement. ‘This is a tough pill to swallow. At 40 years old with so many other opportunities, I need to speak to my wife and we need to make an educated decision as to what we’re going to do.”Here is what happened at UFC 241.UFC 241 live results, highlightsStipe Miocic beats Daniel Cormier to once again become UFC heavyweight champion1:10 a.m.: Miocic def. Cormier by TKO at 4:09 of the fourth round to win the UFC heavyweight champion. The key to the round MIocic digging a left hook to the body that made Cormier wince and back off slightly. Seeing he had Cormier hurt, Miocic threw two straight right hands to send Cormier crumbling to the mat. The Croatian threw a series of left and right hands and Herb Dean stopped the fight.Round 3: Miocic needed to win the round in the worst way. He had a bit more zip in his shots and stayed more active while Cormier slowed down tremendously. Both guys are tired and exhausted. Who can find the second gear? (Miocic 10-9, 29-28 Cormier)Round 2: You couldn’t ask for a better five minutes. Cormier and Miocic stood in the middle of the cage and played rock-and-sock-em robots. Cormier landed the crisper shots but Miocic was no slouch and landed hard shots of his own. This type of pace will be hard to sustain for another 15 minutes. (Cormier 10-9, 20-18)Round 1: All Daniel Cormier. He went from being content on the outside and throwing leg kicks to switching to dirty boxing to picking up Miocic and nearly dropping him on his head. Quite impressive what Cormier did on the ground. He’d dig the body and then explode into ground-and-pound punches. Miocic looked discouraged in between rounds. Needs to turn the frown upside down. (Cormier, 10-9)12:35 a.m.: It is now time for the main event of UFC 241, as Daniel Cormier defends the heavyweight championship against Stipe Miocic. Cormier and Miocic first met at UFC 226 in July 2018 when Cormier also came in the light heavyweight champion. A short right hand by Cormier near the end of the first round sent Miocic to the canvas and moments later, Cormier became at the time the second fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously. Miocic (18-3) stayed on the sidelines due to his daughter Meelah being born, needing a break from a hectic first half of 2018 and the fact that the UFC was looking to book a fight between Cormier and Brock Lesnar. The fight never materialized due to Lesnar opting to stay in the WWE.Cormier (22-1, one no-contest) has fought once since becoming champion when he earned a second-round stoppage over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. UFC 241 could be the final time Cormier competes as he’s been hinting at retirement.Miocic feels UFC 226 was a fluke. He gets a chance to prove himself to be correct. Nate Diaz shines after a three-year layoff to beat Anthony Pettis12:23 a.m.: Diaz def. Pettis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). What judge would give Pettis a round? It’s very hard to see how that was possible. The way to beat Pettis is by staying in his space and not letting him explode with his thunderous striking. Diaz pushed the pace for 15 minutes and kept the foot on the gas pedal. The fact Diaz was able to do that after being off for such a long time is a testament to him. Despite what the perception of him not caring about MMA, he loves the sport and the fact he performed the way he did proves that.The expectation was Diaz would call out Conor McGregor. However, the 34-year-old called out Jorge Masvidal, who is coming off the five-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239. The fight makes sense on every level. Masvidal’s never been hotter and Diaz is one of the biggest stars in the sport. It’s a fan-friendly fight and one that hopefully takes place next for both guys.Round 3: Diaz nearly finished it off in the beginning of the round, dropping Pettis and unloading shot after shot but somehow the former lightweight champion survived. Even when Pettis had top position, it was Diaz who was more active in throwing everything including the kitchen sink. (Diaz, 30-27)Round 2:  That was Nate Diaz at his finest by using his dirty boxing and throwing knees combined with his volume of punches especially at the end of the round, where he uncorked a barrage of shots. Pettis is tired, exhausted and needs to come up with something in a hurry. (Diaz, 20-18)Round 1: Diaz and Pettis had their share of moments on the feet. The late takedown by Diaz with two submission attempts and being active on the ground secured the round for the California native. (Diaz, 10-9)11:57 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of UFC 241, as No. 7-ranked Anthony Pettis battles Nate Diaz in welterweight action. Diaz (20-11) makes his grand comeback after being gone for just under three years. The Stockton, Calif. native took the exodus from the sport following his split of two lucrative and record-setting clashes with Conor McGregor in 2016.Pettis (22-8), the former lightweight champion, had a successful debut at 170 pounds back in March, scoring a highlight-reel first-round knockout of former title challenger Stephen Thompson.Most MMA pundits feel this is the real main event of the show. Costa and Romero brought goods. Can Diaz and Pettis do the same?Paulo Costa wins thrilling battle over Yoel Romero11:45 p.m.: Costa def. Romero by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). What a fight! Too bad there had to be a loser. Costa and Romero were expected to deliver a war and they lived up to the hype. For 15 minutes, the two Brazilians slung the heavy leather and threw every punch with evil intentions. It’s all about how you look at the second round as Costa won the first round and Romero won the third. Costa looked to control the first half while Romero had appeared to dominate the second half of the stanza. The fans didn’t like the result but both guys left their blood, sweat and tears inside the octagon and that’s all you can from fighters. Costa runs his record to 13-0 and now puts himself in prime position to take on the winner of the middleweight title fight at UFC 243 between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.11:24 p.m.: What an action-packed first round. Romero and Costa dropped each other and put everything they had into each and every punch. Can they sustain this pace for another 10 minutes?11:11 p.m.: Coming up at UFC 241, No. 2-ranked Yoel Romero battles No. 7-ranked Paulo Costa. This is Romero’s (13-3) first time competing 14 months since losing to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 in June 2018. Costa’s (12-0) taken the UFC by storm, winning all of his fight by knockout. Romero is the stiffest test in Costa’s career. Will father time catch up to the 42-year-old Romero or is this Costa’s time?Sodiq Yusuff finishes Gabriel Benitez to remain undefeated in UFC 11:04 p.m.: Yusuff def. Benitez by TKO at 4:14 of the first round. We asked Yusuff and Benitez to deliver and they did just that. Early on, Benitez clipped Yusuff and appeared to be on his way to victory. But Yusuff came back and started to connect on hard shots of his own. Benitez hit Yusuff with a straight left hand but Yusuff connected on a flush counter right hook to send Benitez to the canvas. Yusuff smelled blood and landed a barrage of hammerfists to force referee Herb Dean to call it.Yusuff put himself on the map with star-making performance to run his UFC record to 3-0. He should be in the next set of rankings in the featherweight division.10:54 p.m.: Up next at UFC 241, Gabriel Benítez faces Sodiq Yusuff in featherweight action. Benitez (21-6) has won back-to-back wins and is 5-2 since joining the UFC in November 2015. Yusuff (9-1) is a solid prospect from Nigeria, who is 2-0 so far in his short UFC tenure. Here are two guys receiving an opportunity on one of the biggest shows of the year. Can they deliver?Derek Brunson bounces back from early setback to get past Ian Heinisch10:45 p.m.: Brunson def. Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Most would have wilted to the early pressure Heinisch provided. Brunson showed his veteran mindset and came out for the second and third rounds with constant pressure combined with good striking and wrestling to get the decision. Brunson has now won two in a row. If the 35-year-old is truly going to make a run, it has to be now as time is ticking.10:21 p.m.: What a way to start as Heinisch came right out and rocked Brunson with a left head kick. Give Brunson credit for surviving the shot and the follow-up onslaught from Heinisch to come back at the end of the round with solid striking.10:15 p.m.:  Colby Covington has arrived at UFC 241 and the crowd let the former interim welterweight know how they feel about him. The Anaheim crowd lets @ColbyCovMMA hear it #UFC241— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 18, 2019 10:07 p.m.: The main card of UFC 241 begins with No. 8-ranked Derek Brunson taking on No. 10-ranked Ian Heinisch in middleweight action. After losing back-to-back fights, Brunson (19-7) got back on the winning track, defeating Elias Theodorou in May by unanimous decision. Heinisch (13-1) comes in on a five-fight winning streak including an impressive win over Antonio Carlos Junior in his last time out. Brunson is the litmus test to see if you’re a contender. We’ll see how good Heinisch is in a few moments.10:00 p.m. ET: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 241 highlighted by a rematch of the heavyweight championship of the world between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. Also, Nate Diaz returns from a three-year hiatus to face Anthony Pettis. An exciting night action looms so grab the refreshments, kick back and enjoy the journey we are about to take you on.UFC 241 undercard resultsKhama Worthy def. Devonte Smith via TKO 4:15 of the first round; LightweightCory Sandhagen def. Raphael Assuncao by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28); BantamweightDrakkar Klose def. Christos Giagos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); LightweightCasey Kenney def. Manny Bermudez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); Catchweight (140 lbs)Hannah Cifers def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27); Women’s StrawweightKyung Ho Kang def. Brandon Davis by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28); BantamweightSabina Mazo def. Shana Dobson via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-25); Women’s FlyweightUFC 241 fight cardMain CardDaniel Cormier (c) vs. Stipe Miocic for Cormier’s Heavyweight titleAnthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz; Welterweight Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa; Middleweight Gabriel Benítez vs. Sodiq Yusuff; Featherweight Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch; Middleweight Preliminary Card  Devonte Smith vs. Khama Worthy; Lightweight Raphael Assunção vs. Cory Sandhagen; Bantamweight Christos Giagos vs. Drakkar Klose; Lightweight Manny Bermudez vs. Casey Kenney; Catchweight (140 lbs.) Hannah Cifers vs. Jodie Esquibel; Women’s Strawweight Kyung Ho Kang vs. Brandon Davis; Bantamweight Sabina Mazo vs. Shana Dobson; Women’s Flyweight UFC 241 latest news- Does Stipe Miocic care about regaining the heavyweight title? Miocic tells Sporting News he does but he’d rather exact revenge on Daniel Cormier than win the belt back.- Anthony Pettis discusses with SN about if his fight with Nate Diaz is bigger than the main event, using fishing as solitude and if he envisions facing Conor McGregor.- Looking at Nate Diaz’s resume, it doesn’t scream marquee attraction. SN explains that somehow, someway, Diaz became one of the biggest stars in the sport. Earlier in the week, Stipe Miocic told Sporting News that avenging his loss to Daniel Cormier was more important than regaining the heavyweight title.At UFC 241 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Miocic managed to do both when he stopped Cormier in the fourth round behind a vicious body attack to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title that he lost to Cormier at UFC 226 in July 2018.last_img

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