Cleveland native Stipe Miocic (19-3) is once again the UFC heavyweight champion, as he regained the title with a fourth round TKO of Daniel Cormier (22-2) at UFC 241 over the weekend.
Miocic competed for the first time since losing the title to Cormier last summer at UFC 226.
The Strong Style Fight Team product was behind on all three judges’ scorecards heading into the championship rounds, but he was able to turn up the heat to earn the stoppage at 4:09 in the fourth round.
The 37-year-old is now a five-time UFC champion, with title wins over Cormeir, Francis Nganou, Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, and Fabricio Werdum.
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He’s already entered into conversation as perhaps the best heavyweight in MMA history, and with 15 wins via knockout or TKO, he could go down as the best ever once his career ends.
Pittsburgh’s Worthy got the call on less than a week’s notice to take on Smith, the Ohio native who was already 2-0 in his UFC career.
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Smith was a heavy favorite, but the two highlight reel fighters put on a fight that was evenly matched in the first round. Both fighters traded heavy leather, but it was Worthy who knocked down Smith and earned the TKO at 4:15.
“The Death Star” now has nine wins via knockout or TKO, and six wins in a row overall.
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