MMA, martial arts

Daniel Cormier follows Conor McGregor’s footsteps

Daniel Cormier (Facebook/UFC on Fox)

Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 29, of Dublin, Ireland is no longer the only UFC fighter to hold two titles simultaneously. While reigning as the UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion, Daniel “DC” Cormier, 39, of San Jose, California became the new UFC Heavyweight Champion at “UFC 226,” dethroning Stipe Miocic, 35, of Independence, Ohio.

On November 12, 2016, McGregor became the UFC Lightweight Champion after winning at “UFC 205” while still reigning as the UFC Featherweight Champion. It was his most recent bout as a professional mixed martial artist.

On July 7, 2018, Cormier pulled off the same feat at “UFC 226,” which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, he competed as a heavyweight and challenged the former UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Referee Mark Goddard put a stop to the superfight at 4:38 of Round 1. Cormier knocked out Miocic via punches.

By dethroning Miocic, Cormier improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 21 wins and 1 loss. This also marked the marked the newly crowned UFC Heavyweight Champion’s 10th win in the UFC.

The last fighter to defeat the reigning UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion was Jon “Bones” Jones, 30, of Rochester, New York. On January 3, 2015, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision at “UFC 182.”

After losing to Jones, Cormier redeemed himself with a winning streak. Before facing Miocic, Cormier defeated Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, 34, of Boca Raton, Florida at “UFC 187” on May 23, 2015 and at “UFC 210” on April 8, 2017, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson, 31, of Stockholm, Sweden at “UFC 192” on October 3, 2015, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, 43, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil at “UFC 200” on July 9, 2016 and Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir, 28, of Fribourg, Switzerland at “UFC 220” on January 20, 2018.

While Cormier is now riding a six-bout winning streak, he ended Miocic’s six-bout winning streak. Aside from Cormier, the other fighters to defeat Miocic in the UFC are Stefan Struve and Junior dos Santos.

Miocic has been competing in the UFC since 2013. His record downgraded to 18 wins and 3 losses after losing his UFC Heavyweight Champion belt to Cormier.

During the post-fight interview in the octagon, Cormier had an encounter with Brock Lesnar. Watch it here:

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