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  • Stipe Miocic celebrates his championship victory by TKO against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center.1 of 54
  • Stipe Miocic is awarded the championship belt following his TKO victory against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center.2 of 54
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  • Stipe Miocic pins Daniel Cormier to the cage as he lands punches during UFC 241 at Honda Center.4 of 54
  • Stipe Miocic lands a hit against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center.5 of 54
  • Daniel Cormier moves in with a hit as Stipe Miocic defends during UFC 241 at Honda Center.6 of 54
  • Stipe Miocic applies a hold against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center.7 of 54
  • Nate Diaz is declared the winner by decision against Anthony Pettis during UFC 241 at Honda Center.8 of 54
  • Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis shake hands following their match during UFC 241 at Honda Center.9 of 54
  • Nate Diaz lands a hit against Anthony Pettis during UFC 241 at Honda Center.10 of 54
  • Nate Diaz pins Anthony Pettis to the mat during UFC 241 at Honda Center.11 of 54
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  • Paulo Costa lands a hit as Yoel Romero defends during UFC 241 at Honda Center.15 of 54
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  • Sodiq Yusuff reacts following his TKO victory against Gabriel Benitez during UFC 241 at Honda Center.22 of 54
  • Sodiq Yusuff brings down and lands hits against Gabriel Benitez to win by TKO during UFC 241 at Honda Center.23 of 54
  • Gabriel Benitez lands a hit as Sodiq Yusuff defends during UFC 241 at Honda Center.24 of 54
  • Sodiq Yusuff moves in with a hit as Gabriel Benitez defends during UFC 241 at Honda Center.25 of 54
  • Derek Brunson moves in with a hit as Ian Heinisch defends during UFC 241 at Honda Center.26 of 54
  • Derek Brunson moves in with a hit against Ian Heinisch during UFC 241 at Honda Center.27 of 54
  • Ian Heinisch defends against Derek Brunson during UFC 241 at Honda Center.28 of 54
  • Khama Worthy reacts to his knockout victory against Devonte Smith during UFC 241 at Honda Center.29 of 54
  • Khama Worthy reacts to his knockout victory against Devonte Smith during UFC 241 at Honda Center.30 of 54
  • Khama Worthy lands a hit against Devonte Smith during UFC 241 at Honda Center.31 of 54
  • Cory Sandhegen moves in with a knee hit against Raphael Assuncao during UFC 241 at Honda Center.32 of 54
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  • Drakkar Klose reacts after being declared the winner against Christos Giagos during UFC 241 at Honda Center.35 of 54
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  • Casey Kenney is declared the winner by decision against Manny Bermudez during UFC 241 at Honda Center.40 of 54
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  • Hannah Cifers meets with Jodie Esquibel following their match at UFC 241 at Honda Center.44 of 54
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The only man to successfully defend the UFC heavyweight championship three consecutive times will have a chance to do it again.

Stipe Miocic won a grueling battle against Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 on Saturday night to regain the title he lost to Cormier last year. Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) used a big flurry to finish Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in the fourth round of the main event at Honda Center. The time of the TKO stoppage was 4:09.

“I just saw some weakness in that third round, then in the fourth round I caught him with that right hand,” Miocic said. “Thank God, because that (expletive) is tough.”

Cormier made a statement in the opening round as he shot for a single. Miocic did his best to sprawl, but Cormier picked up Miocic and carried him around before depositing him to the mat for a slam. From there, Cormier spent much of the round in top control, and while Miocic did a reasonable job of tying him up from the bottom, Cormier did manage to land enough to secure the round.

More: Nate Diaz scores unanimous decision victory vs. Anthony Pettis in return at UFC 241

The second, though, turned into an absolute brutal affair, as the duo traded full-force punches for 5 minutes. Neither competitor seemed much concerned about defense, as Miocic landed his biggest shots at range, while Cormier landed wicked shots when he closed the distance.

The pace slowed a bit in the third. Miocic looked the fresher of the two as he landed more often than Cormier, and also scored his first takedown of the fight. Cormier, to be sure, landed enough shots to keep Miocic honest, but it was clear he was starting to fade.

By the fourth, the tide had clearly turned in Miocic’s favor. He picked up the pace and added body shots to which Cormier seemed to have no answer. The finish came when a big pair of right hands rocked Cormier back to the fence, and Miocic opened up on the slumping Cormier until referee Herb Dean waved the fight off.

“I felt like it was hurting him,” Miocic said of his body shots. “His hands were dropping, and I started coming over the top more. My coach said to use that right hand. … I knew I was hurting him. His hands were dropping more. Just got to keep working, keep working, he’s going to leave something open. I caught him with the right hand.”

With his 15th career KO/TKO victory, Miocic now has won seven of his past eight fights.

Cormier, who had a seven-fight win streak snapped, lost at heavyweight for the first time in his career.

The fighter, who had scored a first-round knockout at UFC 226 to win the belt, hinted at a possible retirement in his post-fight interview without committing either way.

“You don’t make decision based in emotions, but this is a tough pill to swallow,” Cormier said. “At 40 years old, you know, with so many other opportunities, I need to speak to my wife, and we need to make an education decision as to what we want to do.”

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