Dominick Cruz offered his own professional insight into the fight-ending sequence that saw Daniel Cormier knockout Stipe Miocic to win the heavyweight title.
Striking technique, size, power. All things that Stipe Miocic was expected to hold over the 205lb champion Daniel Cormier when they were booked to meet at UFC 226 in a super-fight for the ages.
Towering over the light-heavyweight he shared the octagon with, Miocic was picked by many to achieve his victory using his supposedly superior physical frame and boxing pedigree. DC, by comparison, was the grappler in this dynamic – a former Olympian who would well and truly need to embrace the grind so as to avoid the fierce power that his opponent would no doubt be sending his way.
Funnily enough, things didn’t exactly work out as many would have thought and DC – who you would have gotten long odds on winning by way of strikes at any point in the fight – still managed to put Stipe away with a stunning first-round knockout.
So much has been made of Cormier’s achievement and yet there hasn’t been a massive amount of discussion surrounding the techniques employed by the newly-crowned champion to set up the shot.
Thankfully, analyst, commentator and bantamweight title-contender Dominick Cruz spoke to Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour and gave us some insight into what exactly Daniel was doing when he lured Miocic into leaving the opening he ended up exploiting with a stunning right-hand.
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Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena