Cormier then locked in an RNC, but Volkan was saved by the bell.
The UFC had five fights ahead on the UFC 220 pay-per-view card. At the start of the third round, the tide appeared to be shifting in his favor. The Cleveland native won his heavyweight crown with a shocking first round knockout over then-champion Frabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in 2016. Cain had a baby about a month ago and he's here with me right now. With only 12 professional bouts on his record, his experience is somewhat limited.
And those who know the fight game well believe there will be fireworks a plenty when Miocic puts his title on the line against Ngannou. The challenger would explode in, and as Cormier ducked the right, he would get popped with the left.
Should this fight make it into the third round, I would expect Micoic to run away with a decision or get a late stoppage.
From there, Cormeir secured the takedown and nearly closed off a choke as the first round elapsed. He took Ngannou down and went to work on delivering punishment throughout the frame. The champ also took home performance of the night honors, good enough for an extra $50,000. "I'm not much of a trash talker I just like to fight, that's what I do". Especially in such a high-paced and dynamic sport.
After getting caught by Ngannou in that tense opening round, Miocic quickly recovered and grinded on the 31-year-old challenger. Kattar (18-2, 2-0 UFC) set the pace with a punishing jab throughout the first round, oftentimes doubling up on the punch. We've butted heads professionally as far as business goes in the last year and a half, but other than that, he's a super nice guy.
On the surface at least, Miocic seems very nonchalant about the whole punching power hype surrounding Ngannou.
Ngannou managed to get back to his feet and landed a big right that wobbled his opponent.
Cormier put the Swiss away just two minutes into the second round. Oezdemir earned the title bout with a knockout of Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214.
Fighting out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Cormier has recorded four total title defenses in his career. In his last two fights he's been a few inches from the target, and Cormier loves a close range battle. He eventually needed assistance to sit on a stool in his corner.
The Garden crowd was firmly behind Miocic, who remained remarkably composed after absorbing Ngannou's firepower in the early going, leveraging his exceptional cardiovascular conditioning to neutralize the threat.
If Daniel Cormier was out to prove that he is the rightful heir to the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship throne, then mission accomplished! The outcome of the immediate rematch left no doubt.
In the first round, the fight seemed like it could reach epic slugfest proportions.