A recap written by Lee Sonogan
Originally published on entertainmentcultureonline.com
To my understanding, these big boys have fought before and were at 1 vs 1 before this story-driven fight. Heavyweights with a lot of history, Stipe Miocic looks as lean as I have ever seen him. DC running as the underdog, the quick look of the tale of the tape is the overwhelming reach and height of Stipe. As a friend who loves him and plays him in UFC2 and beyond, in a simulation I first hand know the towering man is built for MMA. I may have some bias with Stipe at a win/loss record of 19-3 but Cormier has more experience and wins overall at 22-2-1.
Bruce Buffer says this is the moment that we have all been waiting for and the first round is measuring each other up. Cormier’s wrestling is calmly transitioned and pushed up against the cage. Back to the striking game, an eye poke stops the fight for a moment. In the last minute, DC lands some under hooks in the back and forth, landings a decent right arm. Round 2, speed shown as they weave and bob around predicted plans of action. Deflecting potential giant bombs, times goes fast until Stipe right hooks and mount strikes for the finish.
In round 3 the commentators speak of DC compromised, his heavy hands do a lot of obvious damage. DC takes a breather locked up at the cage wall. Another eye poke is delivered and this time it is Stipe to implement on his opponent. Since the ref did not see, apparently it did not happen. Round 4 and DC is still throwing 1’s and 2’s, vision impaired. Stipe mushes him around but he circles out of it. Failing in a trip attempt, two big landing shots struck but it was not enough.
Stipe is fresher although DC is still the heavy hitter, unloading a barrage of combinations. To no effect, Stipe ate a lot of it and equally gave back what he dealt with. Stipe even went for a takedown and countered but by then the final round was gone. Miocic retained his title with scores of 49-46 49-46 and 48-47. For a trilogy, there was enough intensity there that I wished I prepped more before recapping. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this 5 rounder, full of technical positions engaged. Difficult to give a rating, then again I’m gonna commit to a number out of ten anyway.