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Cormier added the heavyweight title to his light heavyweight championship, but had no time to celebrate as former champion Lesnar marched into the Octagon and shoved him out of his way

Brock Lesnar confronts Daniel Cormier after his victory over Stipe Miocic ( Getty )

UFC International Fight Week 2018 culminated in Las Vegas on Saturday evening with Daniel Cormier making history and setting up a blockbuster future showdown with Brock Lesnar.

UFC 226 rounded off another eventful week in UFC history with an event headlined by a champion vs champion showdown between heavyweight king Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier.

Only Miocic's UFC heavyweight title was on the line in the main event, but both men knew that a win would immortalise them in the MMA history books in a fight that was all about solidifying a legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Stipe Miocic kicks Daniel Cormier during their UFC 226 bout (AP)
Those who believed that weight would play a factor in the fight were given a surprise on Friday when Cormier weighed in the heavier of the two champions on the scales. Miocic came in a 242.5lbs, whilst Cormier, who usually struggles to make the 205lbs weight limit, tipped the scales at a hefty 246lbs, the heaviest he'd been since he fought in Strikeforce back in 2011.
Miocic's five-inch height and eight-inch reach advantages were expected to play a big factor on the night but the heavyweight champion closed the range quickly in the opening minute of the fight and he pushed Cormier up against the cage where he looked to land short punches and knees before the two broke apart.
Stipe Miocic lands a right hand on Daniel Cormier (AP)

Cormier took some shots early on in the opening round but he returned fire with a stiff jab and right hook which marked up Miocic's face. The fight was briefly paused around the four minute mark following an eye poke to Miocic, but unbekown to him the ending was nigh.
The two fighters exchanged big right hands before clinching each other but as they broke away Cormier landed a right hand over the top as he exited and Miocic was sent straight to the mat. Cormier followed up with ground strikes but Miocic was already out as referee Marc Goddard called a stop to the contest as the crowd erupted.
Cormier was then announced the new UFC heavyweight champion but even before the belt was around his waist his first challenger appeared as WWE superstar Brock Lesnar made his way out from backstage. Joe Rogan then attempted to interview Cormier but the new champion simply grabbed the microphone and ordered Lesnar to get in the Octagon.

Lesnar obliged and then marched up the steps before pushing Cormier in the chest. The two then exchanged verbals on the microphone and sowed the seeds for a future fight down the line. It was a crazy end to a historic moment as Cormier became only the second man in UFC history to hold titles in two different divisions simultaneously.


UFC 226 Full Results

  • Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (punches) - Round 1, 4:33
  • Derrick Lewis def. Francis Ngannou via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Mike Perry def. Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Anthony Pettis def. Michael Chiesa via submission (triangle armbar) – Round 2, 0:52
  • Khalil Rountree def. Gokhan Saki via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:36
  • Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:38
  • Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Drakkar Klose def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:28
  • Emily Whitmire def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 

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