Stipe Miocic has cemented his UFC legacy as arguably the greatest heavyweight in MMA history.
Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision on Saturday in Las Vegas to retain the UFC heavyweight title – his fourth defense of the title and sixth heavyweight title victory in his career, which ties him with Randy Couture for all time.
Prior to the fight – the third bout between these two mean – UFC president Dana White said this would determine the greatest heavyweight fighter in MMA history.
Cormier had won the first battle between the two with a first-round knockout in 2018, but Miocic won the rematch last summer with a fourth-round TKO before Saturday’s unanimous decision to give the Cleveland native the tie-breaker.
“The only reason I’m happy to cement my legacy is to show my daughter that hard work pays off,” Miocic said after the fight.
Meanwhile, this was likely the last fight of Cormier’s career, who had made that clear leading up to the fight and afterward.
“I’m not interested in fighting for anything but titles,” Cormier said. “I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future, so that will be it for me. I’ve had a long run. It’s been great.”
White is unsure of Cormier will want to go out like that, while Miocic showed his respect for the competitor.
“He’s a hell of a fighter,” Miocic said. “I wish him nothing but the best. God bless him. … He’s an amazing champion, an amazing ambassador. Love the guy. I have no ill will toward him. I know we had our little [beef] for the trilogy, but I think that makes it better.”