Daniel Cormier Breaks Down His UFC 220 Title Fight Against Volkan Oezdemir
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 21, 2018,
Jan 21, 2018, 12:55
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will provide a live stream of the UFC 220 ceremonial weigh-ins tonight (Jan. 19). Miocic had been ideal since winning the title from Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198.
Miocic beat Fabrício Werdum to win the heavyweight title in May 2016, and followed with wins against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and now Ngannou to slug his way into the record book. Following Saturday night's victory, Miocic claimed himself to be the best heavyweight of all time on the microphone, and given the history he made at UFC 220, it may be hard for some to argue that.
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Miocic, 35, survived on his composure. Shortly after, Miocic landed again, then with two minutes left drove in and took Ngannou down. He moved to side control and put Oezdemir in the crucifix position. But Ngannou looks like a zombie, stumbling around the octagon without goal or energy.
Ngannou came out looking exhausted in round two, not a good sign. After catching a kick, Cormier put the Swede on his back with a single-leg takedown. With 50 seconds left, Ngannou got back to his feet. Though Ngannou has a solid takedown defense percentage, he hasn't yet faced an opponent like Miocic. It was the last significant blow Ngannou would land. It's just friendship. We all have each other's backs, and those guys are there to support me, no matter what. And while he was exhausted, his punches still had dynamite on them, leading Miocic to score another takedown. But when a flying knee attempt by Ngannou came up empty, Miocic clinched with his foe and ran out the clock, wrapping up a historic victory.
Ngannou connected with some good shots, and midway through the fight, Miocic had a bloody nose. With the crowd on his side, Miocic and Ngannou exchanged blows in the center of the Octagon. The round ended with Miocic on top. Miocic wasted little time going for takedowns. "He had a smart game plan and he did it well". Ngannou held onto the neck of Miocic, but nothing was there. This allowed Ngannou to work for a standing guillotine. Ngannou threw a labored combination that Miocic shrugged off. Miocic seemed content to wait out the clock and not give the exhausted Ngannou any chances.
In the fifth, the champion grinds the challenger against the fence. Nicknamed "No Time", his last two fights have been a statement of that.
While the challenger's freakish power ensured that he was never completely out of it and kept the champion honest throughout, Miocic showed that hype and marketability aren't as important as experience and a complete arsenal of skills inside the cage. Six months removed from Jon Jones rearrange his skull via head kick, what version of DC will we get at UFC 220?