UFC 241 Results: Stipe Miocic Stuns Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz Returns
The event also featured Nate Diaz ending a three-year layoff and scoring a decision victory vs. Anthony Pettis in the co-main event.
Stipe Miocic got his revenge and the UFC heavyweight title in the process.
Miocic, down on the scorecards after three rounds vs. Daniel Cormier, floored the reigning champion with a nasty right-hand in the fourth, reclaiming the belt for a second time.
UFC 241 took place from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, with bouts airing live on ESPN+ pay-per-view, ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) August 18, 2019
Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler for the United States team, had no trouble bringing Miocic to the ground. He also dominated the first round, out-striking him almost 10-to-1 by landing 68 total strikes. The second featured more offense by Miocic, but it was still Cormier landing at a higher rate.
With just 10 minutes left to work, Miocic went on the attack. He started working the body of Cormier before delivering the knockout blow. Last year, it was Cormier finishing Miocic, ending his run after three consecutive title defenses.
ESPN+ PPV Main Card: Nate Diaz Handles Anthony Pettis
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There was no Octagon-rust for Nate Diaz, as the Stockton, California fighter returned from a three-year layoff to best former UFC and WEC champion Anthony Pettis in the co-main event.
Diaz, who last fought in August 2016 when he lost a majority decision to rival Conor McGregor, nearly finished “Showtime” late in the fight. Pettis, though, showed his toughness by pushing it to the distance. Related: UFC 241: Nate Diaz Has All The Pressure On Him Vs. Anthony Pettis
For Diaz, the fight was a key one, as it marked his 20th career victory overall. He is now 4-2 over his last six fights, with the two losses coming on the scorecards to former champions McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos.
After the win, Diaz called out top welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal, who was in attendance and appeared to be ready to accept.
“I want to defend my title against Jorge,” Diaz said. “He’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”
— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019
Pettis, a former lightweight champion who also made a run at featherweight, was unable to continue the momentum generated from his March knockout of Stephen Thompson. Related: UFC 241: Nate Diaz Outscores Anthony Pettis, Calls Out Jorge Masvidal
UFC 241: Paulo Costa Remains Perfect, Defeats Yoel Romero
Paulo Costa kept his unbeaten record intact, earning a decision over ex-UFC title challenger Yoel Romero. Costa moved to 13-0, as the two middleweight exchanged heavy shots for the better part of three rounds.
— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019
Since signing with the UFC in 2017, Costa has reeled off five wins, including a finish of Johny Hendricks and other stoppage wins over Uriah Hall, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. Related: UFC 241: Paulo Costa Gets By Yoel Romero In A Thriller
Sodiq Yusuff, the man who’s Dana White Contender Series fight has been watched over and over again, added to his highlight reel with a first round knockout of Gabriel Benitez. Yusuff landed the finishing blow at 4:14 of the round.
Derek Brunson kicked off the pay-per-view main card with a tough decision vs. Ian Heinisch. All three scorecards read 29-28 in favor of Brunson.
ESPN Preliminary Card: Three Decisions And A First Round TKO
Khama Worthy earned his biggest victory to date, stopping Devonte Smith in the ESPN prelim main event before the pay-per-view main card.
With less than a minute to go, Worthy was able to pepper Smith with shots, forcing the stoppage at the 4:15 mark of the round.
— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019
Cory Sandhagen also claimed a resume-building win, earning a decision over former top contender Raphael Assuncao. The 27-year-old Sandhagen is now 12-1 in his career and 5-0 inside the Octagon.
Drakkar Klose bested Christos Giagos in a lightweight contest, with Casey Kenney starting off the card with a decision over Manny Bermudez. The Kenney-Bermudez bout was contested at a catchweight due to both fighters cutting substantial weight the night before.
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card: Three Different Decisions
Hannah Cifers, Kyung Ho Kang and Sabina Mazo all claimed decision victories in the early prelims live on UFC Fight Pass.
In the featured attraction, Cifers scored a decision over Jodie Esquibel, with two judges ruling it 30-27 and the other going with a 30-28 score.
Kang claimed a split decision vs. Brandon Davis, with Mazo completely dominating Shana Dobson in their flyweight matchup. Mazo was awarded a 30-24 round, which is almost unheard of in mixed martial arts, with the other two being 30-25s.
UFC 241: Cormier Vs. Miocic 2 Complete Results
MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier via KO (strike) at 4:09 of Round 4 to become UFC heavyweight champion
Nate Diaz def. Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sodiq Yusuff def. Gabriel Benitez via KO (strike) at 4:14 of Round 1
Derek Brunson def. Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)
Khama Worthy def. Devonte Smith via TKO (strikes) at 4:15 of Round 1
Cory Sandhagen def. Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Drakkar Klose def. Christos Giagos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Casey Kenney def. Manny Bermudez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Hannah Cifers def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyung Ho Kang def. Brandon Davis via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Sabina Mazo def. Shana Dobson via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-25)