The finish came at the 4:33 mark after Miocic - the longest-reigning champion in UFC heavyweight history - crumpled from the shot. Cormier now holds the UFC's light heavyweight and heavyweight titles and is now only the second person to ever hold two titles simultaneously in the UFC. The first was Conor McGregor, who accomplished the feat in late 2016.
Gold was also supposed to be on the line in the co-main event as featherweight kingpin Max Holloway was expected to face off with undefeated challenger Brian Ortega. Not only did Cormier succeed in his historic mission, but he did so in stunning fashion by knocking Miocic out in the first round.
UFC light heavyweight champions Daniel Cormier warms up backstage during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. MMA Fighting's Dave Meltzer reported the deal allowed Lesnar to have at least one more fight in the UFC.
"Push me now, (and) you're going to sleep later", Cormier yelled at Lesnar. If that is the case, then he would be eligible to fight at the UFC show in late December and not in November at MSG. The 39-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native was flawless outside of few eye pokes, one of which left Miocic in visible distress, resulted in a brief pause and prompted referee Marc Goddard to issue a stern warning. Or will the light heavyweight champion prove that he is the "baddest man on the planet" by taking out Miocic with his signature wrestling and a tireless pace that few can maintain over five rounds?
Afterward, Lesnar entered the cage when Cormier took the microphone from Joe Rogan and told him to.
"Yeah, you're strong", Cormier said.
The Cleveland firefighter hadn't lost since December 2014 and hadn't been stopped since September 2012. Francis Ngannou will trade leather with Derrick Lewis. Both fighters were covered in Felder's blood by the final bell. Pettis (21-7) staggered his larger opponent with a right hand before winning for just the third time in eight fights since 2014. "The last time I fought someone I was bigger than was Jeff Monson, that was in (2011) and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there (because) I had the reach advantage, the only time I've had the reach advantage".