Daniel Cormier attempted to do what only one other person has done. Cormier challenged Stipe Miocic for his Heavyweight Championship while already being the Light Heavyweight Champion. Stipe faced Cormier with his goal being to extend his win streak, and also extend his historic title reign. This proclaimed superfight headlined the July 7th UFC 226 card capping off UFC’s International Fight Week. Below them was 10 other fights including another attempt at the Michael Chiesa and Anthony Pettis fight which was thrown away in April after Conor McGregor attacked a fighter bus. Derrick Lewis faced Francis Ngannou in what was predicted to be an explosive Heavyweight clash, whether it lived up to its hype or not is easy to answer: No. But besides that, there were many more big names going down this card who were ready to make history. The evening started on UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims with Jamie Moyle facing Emily Whitmire.

 

  1. Starting off the evening was Jamie Moyle versus Emily Whitmire in a Strawweight fight. It’s been over a year since Moyle has fought, with her last fight being a decision loss at UFC 212. The first round and a half was boxing only with Whitmire swinging way more and landing more than Moyle. In the third round Whitmire got a good takedown and used the opportunity to land ground strikes. The fight went all 15 minutes with Whitmire having the advantage almost the whole way through. The judges gave Whitmire the win Unanimously (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28). In the post-fight interview Whitmire was happy about how she has finally made it to the UFC. She also mentioned the issue she has with Vinny Magalhaes who wouldn’t corner her but then showed up to the event today.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Moyle 9 9 9 27
Whitmire 10 10 10 30

 

  1. Ending off the one hour early-prelims is Lightweight Gilbert Burns against Dan Hooker. In the first round Burns got dropped many times. Hooker dropped Burns with a left that made the ref call off the fight. Burns was looking good, maybe even the better of the two until Hooker started landing bombs. Hooker also did a good move where he immediately turned a takedown attempt from Burns into a submission move. After the fight Hooker cut a good promo saying that he needs a top 10 fight because booking him against unranked fighters is just getting them hurt.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Burns
Hooker

 

  1. Over to FS1, Curtis Millender fought Max Griffin in a Welterweight fight. During this fight Millender really liked using knees. Griffin was the one who was more aggressive when it came to looking for takedowns. The third round determined the result for the whole fight. Millender started really landing bombs with a minute left. The scorecards determined the fate for both fighters, with the judges all seeing it the same, 2-1 for Millender. Millender gets the Unanimous victory (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Millender 9 10 10 29
Griffin 10 9 9 28

 

  1. Lando Vannata and Drakkar Klose faced off in the second FS1 fight. Klose has quite the unique name. The first round was close (or should I say Klose), but went in favour for Klose on my scorecard. In the second round Klose was really targeting the legs of Vannata, and you could tell that it was hurting him. Judges all gave Klose the unanimous win with a clean sweep scorecard (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Vannata 9 9 9 27
Klose 10 10 10 30

 

  1. Our first fight this evening that has two ranked fighters is Raphael Assuncao against Rob Font. Commentators mentioned that the winner of this fight could be next in line for a Bantamweight title fight. Rob Font got dropped once in the first round, recovering very quickly. In the third round Rob got accidentally poked in the eyes. He was checked out by the doctor, but was able to finish the round. All three judges gave Assuncao a 30-27 win (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27). After the fight Assuncao sounded desperate for a title shot saying “Boss what do I have to do?” He gave a composed promo saying that even though he isn’t finishing his opponents, he is on a winning streak.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Assuncao #3 10 10 10 30
Font #11 9 9 9 27

 

  1. Finishing off the prelims we have Paulo Costa, who put on a very impressive showing last time he was on PPV. He faces #9 rank Uriah Hall. The battle between Hall and Costa was intense in the first round, but took a break when Hall was hit square in the cup. Costa was absolutely in control of the fight until it was paused once again for a hit to the groin. Hall took a longer time to heal after this second hit. No point was deducted from Costa. In the second round both Costa and Hall were swinging like crazy. Costa got the better of the absolute war in the second round, dropping Hall, causing the ref to stop the fight. Costa wasn’t the cleanest fighter in the first round, and that most likely played into his victory, but with that being said it’s worth mentioning that Costa is a real threat to the Middleweight division. If it wasn’t for Costa ending it in the second round, the prelim should would have most likely went over it’s time slot, into the PPV time slot.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Hall #9 9
Costa #10 10

 

  1. Starting off the five fight PPV card was Gokhan Saki versus Khalil Rountree Jr. in a Light Heavyweight fight. This fight was not that busy for the first minute. After that, Rountree floored with a punch. Saki was given a chance to recover on the ground but Rountree continued with hammer fists on the ground until the fight ended. Rountree gave a very excited promo after the fight, screaming into the mic for some time.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Saki
Rountree

 

  1. The next fight is a re-do of what was supposed to happen in New York back in April. Due to the attack that McGregor did on the buses of fighters, Chiesa became a scratch on the card. This time around didn’t come without it’s problems too, as Chiesa missed weight, making this a 157.5 Catchweight fight. During the weigh-ins Chiesa announced to the media that this would be his last fight at Lightweight. In the first round Chiesa landed lots of takedowns. In between rounds Chiesa said he thinks Pettis greased for this fight. Pettis dropped Chiesa at the start of the second round with strikes, then put him in a Triangle Armbar to make him tap. After the fight Pettis says that he finished the fight early because he knows that’s what the fans want.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Chiesa #9 10
Pettis #12 9

 

  1. Welterweight Paul Felder faced Mike Perry in the ninth fight of the evening. Mike Perry is a fighter as much as he is a personality. The media that he did for this weekend was more than entertaining, saying that “somebody might die” while being interviewed by Fox and TSN. In the first round of the fight there was a cut due to some sort of accidental headbut. In the second round Felder got completely cut open from a forearm from Perry. A doctor was called in, and greenlit the fight to continue. Felder also mentioned in-between rounds that he thinks he broke his arm. Throughout the fight Perry had fantastic wrestling. Felder being the absolute tough guy that he is went the whole fight. The judges gave Mike Perry the win via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Felder 10 9 9 28
Perry 9 10 10 29

 

  1. This next fight was moved to co-main event just this week once Brian Ortega versus Max Holloway was thrown away due to Holloway having health issues. These two have seemed like all fun and games at press conferences and media, but once it came to the face-off yesterday, it got extremely heated. #5 rank Heavyweight Derrick Lewis faced #1 rank Francis Ngannou. It was expected for this fight to be fireworks right out the gates, but it ended up actually being very slow. Lewis was the only one trying to land strikes in the first round.

 

Lewis mentioned that his back was hurting in-between rounds. Lewis mentioned weeks ago on Ariel Helwani’s podcast that he takes shots to stop his back issues from happening, and that he won’t have that issue on fight night. So taking that into account, it’s odd that it ended up being an issue for him with this fight. Herb Dean warned both fighters near the end of the second round that they need to engage, and that if they don’t he will start taking points. The crowd booed in hatred after the fight ended. On commentary Rogan said this was the worst Heavyweight fight that he has ever seen. Ngannou landed a shot way after the horn went, giving the crowd even more of a reason to cause a ruckus. When we painfully went to the judges scorecards, Lewis was Unanimously given the win (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27).

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Lewis #5 10 10 10 30
Ngannou #1 9 9 9 27

 

  1. Finally, it’s time for the “Superfight”. Before the fight people notice that Brock Lesnar is at cageside. Cleveland’s Machine Gun Kelly was at Cageside as well since his music was playing during Stipe’s entrance. Near the end of the first round Miocic seemingly got hit in the eye. Cormier was given a warning. With the first round nearly over, Cormier dropped Miocic with a overhard right just as they were leaving a clinch, then finished him with strikes on the ground. It all happened so quickly. Going into this fight it seemed like a total David vs. Goliath battle when looking at their size differences. Cormier said afterwards that he knew beforehand that Miocic leaves clinch with his hands low, and that he capitalized off of it. After his interview with Joe Rogan, he called out Brock Lesnar for a fight. Lesnar came into the ring and shoved Cormier. “Push me now, you go to sleep later” is what Cormier said to him.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Miocic (C)
Cormier

 

While some other fights on the card disappointed, the main event lived up to its hype. History was made, and new pages were opened in what could possibly be another historic fight later down the line. Daniel Cormier made quite the comeback from his loss against Jon Jones last year, ending with him crying in the ring. Cormier sits at the top of the fight game, with two belts around his shoulders.

 

Next week UFC presents a Fight Night event out of Boise, Idaho with Junior dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov headlining the card. It happens on the same weekend that Bellator will run two events, one on Friday and the other on Saturday. The next big event for UFC is far down the line on August 4th, when Cody Garbrandt challenges TJ Dillashaw for the Bantamweight Championship at the Staples Center.