Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Daniel Cormier rematches Stipe Miocic in UFC 241’s main event
Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of UFC 241: Cormier vs Miocic 2.
Topping the bill at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California is the eagerly-anticipated heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.
The eighth pay-per-view card of 2019 will also see fan favourite Nate Diaz will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon, with the Stockton native taking on former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
And to top things off, a mouthwatering clash between Yoel Romero and Daniel Cormier is also on deck.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 2:14 am – We go back to the bantamweight division
Raphael Assuncao and Corey Sandhagen are currently throwing down in what has proven to be a thoroughly technical affair so far.
Sandhagen is getting the better of the Brazilian with his strikes, which are coming for unorthodox angles,
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 2:00 am – Drakkar Klose edges a thrilling back-and-forth war.
Both men poured their hearts and souls into that bout, which is currently the front-runner for the Fight of the Night award.
Klose’s pressure late in the second and throughout the third proved to be the difference, with the judges awarding him his fifth Octagon victory via unanimous decision.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Drakkar Klose got the job done against Christos Giagos
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 1:53 am – What a round!
Round two well and truly lived up to its predecessor, with both men coming close to ending the fight. Giagos almost ended the fight with a rear-naked choke but ended up gassing out in his attempt to close the show.
Klose capitalised on the Californian’s fatigue, hurting him with punches before opening up a nasty cut with an elbow from the half-guard.
The third has kicked in a similar fashion to the second. Something has got to give here.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 1:45 am – Tekkers all around in round one
Round one between these two lightweights saw them exhibit some picture-perfect technique with their striking.
Both men had their moments but neither were put off going forward after eating clean shots.
If round one is anything to go by, the second should be a stormer.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 1:40 am – We now move to the lightweight division
A tasty 155lb bout between the entertaining Drakkar Klose and Christos Giagos is about to get underway.
Klose has proven he’s more than capable of competing in the big time since making his UFC debut in January 2017, registering a record 4-1.
This should be an entertaining one, folks.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Christos Giagos fires an overhand right Drakkar Klose’s way
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 1:29 am – Kenny survives third-round onslaught to get the win
Bermudez came on strong in the third and final round, marching Kenny down and showing no respect for his opponent’s striking.
And his forward pressure, coupled with a takedown midway through the stanza, was enough for him to win the third.
However, it wasn’t enough for him to win the fight, with the judges awarding Kenny the victory via unanimous decision.
This will likely be Bermudez’s last outing at bantamweight as the California State Athletic Commission made the bout a catchweight clash due to concerns over the amount of weight he was cutting during fight week.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 1:19 am – Entertaining first round so far
It may not have been the most exciting first round for the casual fan, but the footwork and transitions on the ground from both Casey and Kenny were truly sights to behold.
A tough one to score so far, though I currently have Kenny edging it.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Casey Kenny lands a head kick on Manny Bermudez
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 1:06 am – Fight Pass Prelims underway
We’ve now moved to the second portion of the prelims, with a catchweight bout between Manny Bermudez and Casey Kenny kicking things off.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 0:55 – Hannah Cifers makes it two wins in a row
Cifers proved to be too much for a game Esquibel, winning the contest via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Defeat to Cifers is Esquibel’s fourth on the bounce and will likely be her last outing inside the Octagon.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Hannah Cifes lands a good left hand on Jodie Ezquibel
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 0:42 am – Strawweights take centre stage
A women’s 115lb bout between Hannah Cifers and Jodie Esquibel is currently ongoing, though it’s so far proving to be a tentative affair.
Esquibel is in desperate need of a win after three consecutive losses, the last of which came against Angela Hill in April.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 0:30 am – Kyung Ho Kang wins via split decision.
Despite near enough operating on one leg, Kang gets the decision, besting Davis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
A great showing from the South Korean prospect.
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Kyung Ho Kang lands a left hook on Brandon Davis
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live – 0:20 am – Bantamweights on deck
Kyung Ho Kang and Brandon Davis are currently throwing down in what has so far been a thoroughly impressive bout.
Davis has been whittling away at Kang’s lead leg from the get-go, though the South Korean has been finding success with counters to those kicks.
Cormier vs Lewis 2 Live – 0:10 am – Sabina Mazo gets the job done early doors
A women’s flyweight bout kicked things off at the Honda Center, with Sabina Mazo and Shana Dobson taking centre stage.
Mazo was dominant from the outset, overwhelming a game Dobson with some relentless forward pressure and crisp striking.
And it proved to be a blowout in the eyes of the judges, with them awarding 22-year-old Mazo a unanimous decision by a score of 30-25, 30-24, 30-25.
Cormier vs Mazo 2 Live: Sabina Mazo dominated Shana Dobson
UFC 241 fight card
Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic – heavyweight title fight
Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz – welterweight bout
Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa – middleweight bout
Gabriel Benitez vs Sodiq Yusuff – men’s featherweight bout
Derek Brunson vs Iain Heinisich – middleweight bout
Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live: Nate Diaz makes his long-awaited return against Anthony Pettis
Clay Collard vs Devonte Smith – lightweight bout
Raphael Assuncao vs Corey Sandhagen – men’s bantamweight bout
Manny Bermudez vs Casey Kenney – men’s bantamweight bout
Drakkar Klose vs Christos Giagos – lightweight bout
Hannah Cifers vs Jodie Esquibel – women’s strawweight bout
Kyung Ho Kang vs Brandon Davis – men’s bantamweight bout
Sabina Mazo vs Shana Dobson – women’s flyweight bout