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One day before Daniel Cormier fought Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, he appeared on a Fox preview show, where he was asked by co-host Michael Bisping to expound upon his theory that he’d knock Miocic out to win the belt. Cormier confidently explained, “There are some things that he does, especially when you get out of clinch positions, where his hands are pretty low and that chin is way up in the air. He’s got a big ole face, and I’m gonna try to crack him upside his head.”

That’s almost exactly what went down. Thankfully, Cormier looked completely unaffected by his strange fall at the presser on Thursday, and he overwhelmed Miocic in the first round. With around 30 seconds left in the round, Cormier wrapped up Miocic in the clinch, and as soon as the two fighters began to separate, Cormier smashed Miocic’s chin with a nasty right hook. It was just like Cormier said; Miocic’s left hand was nowhere near his face, and DC got a free shot off.


Sure, every fighter predicts that they’ll win by knockout, but Cormier said exactly how he was going to do it, and he even publicly exposed a flaw in Miocic’s game that his camp could have worked to cover up before the fight. The Daddest Man On The Planet is a worthy champ, and I hope he kicks Brock Lesnar’s ass.

Staff writer, Deadspin

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