Cormier (21-1) flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right elbow out of a clinch. Cormier finished off Miocic with a series of punches to end the fight with 27 seconds left in the first frame. He is now only the second fighter in UFC history to hold two divisional belts simultaneously. It happened earlier in his MMA career in light heavyweight title fights against Jon Jones.
As expected, Miocic handled it with class and he made no excuses as to why he didn't win this super fight.
Cormier called out Lesnar following his big win, when Lesnar came in to crash the party.
"It's the same, man, these guys are all the same", Cormier said "I approach them all the same way".
If the suspension is five months, Lesnar could be back as soon as UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas, but if the suspension is six months, his return would have to wait until 2019. That's only a 10 lbs. difference, considerably less than the 40 lbs. of extra weight that Miocic carries when compared to Volkan Oezdemir, Cormier's last opponent at light-heavyweight. "I'm a two-division champion, baby".
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Cormier is at least 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-4 Miocic, who has a whopping 8-inch reach advantage. For the fourth consecutive year, the weekend's pay-per-view card lost a major fight when featherweight champion Max Holloway was ruled out of his title defence with Brian Ortega due to symptoms of an apparent concussion.
Lesnar receiving a UFC heavyweight title shot is controversial for a number of reasons.
The American had some limited success with kicks and at least appeared to be trying to push forward at points, but overall the bout was a crashing disappointment as the octagon was showered with boos from the nonplussed Las Vegas crowd.
That's a big, big difference, and could easily be the difference in the fight.