Stipe Miocic's win at UFC 220 cements him as the GOAT

Stipe Miocic's win at UFC 220 cements him as the GOAT

Meanwhile, Chael Sonnen defeated Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson by unanimous decision at Bellator 192 to advance to the semi-finals of the Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament.

With his win, Miocic became the first heavyweight champion in UFC history to successfully defend his title three times in a row, as he extended his impressive record to 18-2. Evading the attack, Miocic scooped up his opponent's leg and dragged him to the canvas. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218. He simply didn't have the grappling ability to compete and quickly lost his cardio.

"I am going to win this fight because I am the better overall mixed martial artist", said Cormier.

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That's debatable. What is not is the way Miocic went about the victory.

Round 4. Miocic gets a takedown early and is in side control. Ngannou lands a couple punches but Miocic goes right back to the takedown attempt. Miocic started chopping Ngannou's legs with kicks.

Razak Alhassan knocked Homasi cold with a vicious right that brought a gasp from the sellout crowd at TD Garden.

Miocic took it all in stride and then dominated Ngannou for five straight rounds en route to breaking the title defense record in the UFC. Ngannou showed that power during the first round of Saturday's fight.

Oezdemir pumps out the jab and then swings for the fences, but Cormier ducks under that offense.

Miocic felt disrespected, which isn't the first time he has felt slighted by the UFC and White. It was tough. The emotion and excitement was incredible, so I just had to let it settle. Once fatigue sets in a minute rest between rounds isn't enough for Ngannou to recover.

Stipe Miocic's win at UFC 220 cements him as the GOAT
Stipe Miocic's win at UFC 220 cements him as the GOAT

The Sun's picks panel is mostly on board with the prevailing opinion.

Miocic has been at odds with the organization over contract negotiations since late 2016. Ngannou worked into half guard and Miocic responded by breaking guard and then taking top position. Overhand for Cormier backs up Oezdemir.

It was a night shaping up as the defining moment of Miocic's career and the big guy delivered. Similar to the main event though, the longer this one goes, the less likely the belt is to change hands. This gives the challenger a 3 and 5-inch reach advantage against the champ.

For the entire fight, Miocic had 200 strikes to Ngannou's 33.

All Stipe has to do is avoid that power.

"I don't know", Miocic said when asked if he thought White respected him. Without much action the ref broke them up, restarting the pair in the center of the octagon.

'The Predator' managed to get back to his feet but did so a tired man.

His only losses coming into the evening came at the hands of Junior Dos Santos (decision) and Stefan Struve (TKO). Miocic doesn't really get the credit he deserves but he has proved to be a heck of a fighter. At the start of the third round, the tide appeared to be shifting in his favor.

In the end, all three judges scored the fight the same, 50-44 to Miocic, who has now logged three successful UFC heavyweight title defences - more than any champion in the promotion's history.

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