UFC 220 Results: Stipe Miocic Executes Perfect Gameplan To Defeat Francis Ngannou

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In the main event, Stipe Miocic successfully defended his heavyweight title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Francis Ngannou.

Still, it's these cards, the ones that fly under the radar, that deliver.

Ngannou's corner correctly told them he was two-rounds down - during his much-needed break - and he looked unable to swim in the deep waters Miocic was dragging him into.

With his success, Miocic became the first heavyweight to successfully defend the belt three consecutive times.

Cormier lived up to his bold pre-fight words, pummeling the heavy-hitting Volkan Oezdemir at TD Garden in Boston and stopping him at two minutes of the second round in a predictably one-sided fight to retain the UFC light heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier def. Volkan Oezdemir via TKO (round 2): Read our full recap here.

UFC 220 has some star power on the sidelines for the opening fights.

In the lead-up to the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship clash, Cormier repeatedly explained that "there are levels to this game" and that he was on a different level to Oezdemir. With no contender in sight and going through tense negotiations with the UFC, Miocic had chose to not fight until a new deal could be reached. Cormier for his victory over Oezdemir and Alhassan for his first round knockout of Sabah Homasi. Cormier secured another takedown early in Round 2 and had Oezdemir in the mounted crucifix, rendering him completely defenseless. From side control, he pinned Oezdemir's left arm with his knee and landed punches from the top until referee Kevin MacDonald had seen enough and stopped it. He was beaten twice by Jones, though the second of those was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed his post-fight drug test in July after UFC 214. The Cleveland native won his heavyweight crown with a shocking first round knockout over then-champion Frabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in 2016.

In what seemed to be a statement to the rest of the 205-pound division, Cormier was able to tag Oezdemir a handful of times, damaging the challenger's right eye.

'Khabib Nurmagomedov gets a title in a couple of months, and by the end of the year Cain Velasquez is going to be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title again. Miocic took Ngannou's back with seconds remaining in the round and locked in the rear naked choke but the buzzer saved him. Miocic had been flawless since winning the title from Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198. Ngannou had also been impressive, with every one of his six UFC fights ending with a finish in his favor. That event was headlined by a lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn.

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