The trilogy fight is over, Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic 3 was a great fight and after an illustrious career, DC’s last fight has ended with a loss. However, he is still one of the best combat sports athletes of all time.
Stipe won the fight pretty convincingly for me, I had it 4-1 on the rounds and 49-46 on the scorecards. There was a lack of wrestling from Cormier and I think that was due to Stipe having the advantage of being a natural heavyweight and having a 6-inch height advantage on Cormier, which makes taking down the champ extremely difficult and tiring.
Unfortunately, there was a bit of controversy from the fight. Referee John Goddard missed a blatant eye poke from Stipe which blinded Cormier in his left eye and when DC complained about it, Goddard, responded with ‘You got punched!’ I still think Stipe would’ve come off with the victory as he controlled DC in the clinch and had him up against the cage for decent periods of time in the rounds that were close. This is what edged some of the closer rounds like round 4 in Stipe’s favour.
Lastly, I wanted to comment on the amazing career of Daniel Cormier. He’s one of four men and women to be a UFC two-division champion, simultaneously and will forever be recognised as one of the best to step in the octagon.
Onto Stipe, what’s next for the greatest heavyweight of all time? Well, we have two options, Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. Jones has stated his interest to fight Stipe and I’d love to finally see Jones move up a division because he’s cleared out the Light Heavyweight division. This fight would definitely show us who’s the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC and you could argue who’s the GOAT.
Ngannou would be fighting Stipe for a second time. The first time we saw Stipe drain Ngannou for 5 rounds with brilliant wrestling, so it would be interesting to see how much Ngannou has really improved over the last couple of years or if he’d be able to KO Stipe like he has done in his last 4 opponents.
The future of the heavyweight division is in good hands and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next couple of months after Stipe takes some time off.