UFC 226: Daniel Cormier wins UFC heavyweight title; calls out Brock Lesnar

UFC 226: Daniel Cormier wins UFC heavyweight title; calls out Brock Lesnar

UFC 226: Daniel Cormier wins UFC heavyweight title; calls out Brock Lesnar

We have a new "Baddest Man on the Planet". Cormier finished off Miocic with a series of punches to end the fight with 27 seconds left in the first frame.

UFC light-heavyweight champ Cormier moved back up to heavyweight to take on reigning champion Miocic at UFC 226 in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor held two belts at once in 2016, but those were the 145 lbs. and 155 lbs. titles.

The 39-year-old Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, and his five-inch height disadvantage against Miocic was no problem. He generated some of the biggest PPV buyrates in company history for his fights with Randy Couture, Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir, which at the time broke the UFC record for most PPV buys at 1.5 million.

Do you think Daniel Cormier will topple Brock Lesnar when they fight?

But Lesnar wasn't done trash talking, calling Miocic "a piece of s***" and telling Cormier, "I'm coming for you motherf*****!"

"I don't know if he's the [greatest of all time]".

"Listen to DC, there's a guy that I've know for an long time, he's a wrestler, he's an All-American, he's a former UFC champion". That has tarnished the legacy of Jones and opened the door for Cormier to claim the moral high ground in the debate over the best fighter of all-time.

Weeks ago, Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman revealed that The Beast's next Universal Title defense was facing contractual issues due to a lack of confidence in WWE to find a suitable challenger.

The reigning light-heavyweight champion went into the bout as the huge underdog, which was partly down to the fact he hadn't fought in the heavyweight division for almost five years.

But Cormier provided all the fireworks necessary with his demolition of Miocic, who had held the heavyweight belt for over two years. I'm a two-division champion, baby! He has successfully defended the heavyweight strap in three consecutive bouts.

The bout will headline a pay-per-view card at 7 p.m. that also includes a heavyweight bout between contenders Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou.

Here's the thing with massive events like UFC 226: high-profile, critically important fights only create the need for even more high-profile, critically important fights.

Now we are here, and the biggest fight the UFC can make is right in front of us. Both fighters were covered in Felder's blood by the final bell.

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