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UFC 220: Daniel Cormier stops Volkan Oezdemir, retains UFC light heavyweight champion

22 January 2018

In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier landed several looping shots to hurt Volkan Oezdemir opponent in the closing two minutes of the opening round before ending the round with a rear-naked choke stopped by the horn.

With nearly no action happening inside the Octagon, Miocic flashed a straight right while Ngannou threatened with a lazy overhand right.

Ngannou spent much of the final 20 minutes of the fight either on his back or on all fours, trying to fend off the determined champion. Khabib Nurmagomedov was in Makhachev's corner and pounded a wall in celebration of his fellow Russian fighter's victory on Saturday night. "I fought for a vacant title and I got the job done so I'm a UFC champion again". Calvin Kattar split the first two rounds of the entertaining scrap with his featherweight opponent before a right sent Burgos stumbling, an uppercut put him down, and a flurry of strikes on the grounded opponent forced him back to the locker room with the encouragement of the referee.

Although he's known for his Olympic caliber wrestling, the 38-year-old Cormier gave fans a treat at UFC 220 when he put his improved striking on display for most of the first round.

The TD Garden was packed and lit from the opening preliminary bout and the card was sprinkled with MA fighters that sent the crowd into a frenzy with each introduction. The crowd roared for Bochniak's walk to the cage and cheered when the decision was announced.

The UFC goes very big to get its 2018 pay-per-view calendar under way tonight in Boston. Left hand for Oezdemir.

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UFC President Dana White has refused to strip inactive champion Conor McGregor of the lightweight title. If he can return later this year, that would be a matchup for the ages. Julio Arce beat Dan Ige by unanimous decision in a bout between two fighters making their UFC debuts. This not only pushed the Cameroon native's win streak to 10 straight, which includes 6 straight stoppage wins under the UFC banner.

The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003. And speaking of history, Miocic became the first heavyweight champ to defend his title three times in the UFC's history.

Ngannou went off as the favorite as a result of a frightening string of victories.

Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland's Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).

Miocic then managed a lovely takedown that took the 31-year-old to the unfamiliar surroundings of the canvas where he looked in real trouble.

It was the fifth UFC event held at the TD Garden and marked the highest attendance ever for the company.

UFC 220: Daniel Cormier stops Volkan Oezdemir, retains UFC light heavyweight champion