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Miocic Silences the Curitiba Crowd
A right hand from Stipe Miocic brought a stunning end to UFC 198. As he connected on Fabricio Werdum, the American brought the passionate Brazilian fans in the Arena da Baixada to silence, having fully expected success from their countryman.
Wedrum opened up in the exchanges very confidently when he looked to claim his first title defense against Miocic. The Brazilian jiu jitsu expert kicked the legs and body of Miocic, but after a while the champion seemed to lose his composure. Chasing his challenger across the ring, Miocic clipped Werdum and sent him hurtling to the canvas.
To celebrate, Miocic ran into his corner to celebrate and even seemed surprised himself as he screamed, “I’m the champ of the world!” to his emotional corner team.
‘Jacare’ Pounds Out Belfort
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza managed to take Vitor Belfort down into his realm on the ground after two failed takedown attempts on ‘The Phenom’ after two minutes of the co-main event. He opened up the former UFC champion with some elbows from top position, and after the doctors checked the cut, Belfort managed to explode to his feet.
Vitor found himself on the ground again shortly after and Jacare landed heavy strikes from the mount position, forcing the referee to step in with just over twenty seconds left on the clock.
Following the victory, Souza asked to meet the winner of Luke Rockhold versus Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title. Having picked up a loss to Rockhold earlier in his career, Souza promised to finish him should they meet again, in his post-fight interview.
Cyborg Makes Short Work of Smith
Lesley Smith’s belief that her sparring with Cris Cyborg had given her enough knowledge to challenge the Brazilian proved to be wrong when they met on the main card. The ….View full article