Well that didn't last long.
Fabricio Werdum was the heavyweight champion and a favorite going into the UFC 198 headliner, but Stipe Miocic had other plans. After a 2:47 of the first round, we had a new champion and 40,000-plus Brazilian spectators were silenced so bad that could hear a cricket in stadium.
Miocic landed a right hand that sent Werdum falling to the ground at Saturday's pay-per-view. And with that, Miocic, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, brought a championship home to that city for first time since 1964. Seriously, Cleveland has gone 52 years without a notable win, but that all came to an end thanks to their boy Stipe. Drew Carey must've crapped his pants by now.
In defeat, Werdum said at the post-fight press conference that he wants to get a rematch at UFC 200. If that's even a remote possibility, Werdum has to get by what he said was a 30-day suspension by the Brazilian athletic commission because he got knocked out. Sorry, Fabricio, but the UFC might want to put their new heavyweight champion up against Alistair Overeem and his rise as a heavyweight contender.
Earlier on the card, Cris Cyborg showed up to hurt people and she started with poor Leslie Smith.
Cyborg made her UFC debut with Saturday's pay-per-view, and it did NOT disappoint. The fighter known by most to be the most ferocious woman in mixed martial arts wasted no time in impressing fans.
With a fierce punch combination, Cyborg went all terminator on Smith and floored her before finishing the fight on the ground at 1:21of the opening round.
My goodness, she's a killer. Someone should check and see if her skeleton is made of metal because she might literally be a cyborg sent from the future to destroy mankind.
The co-main event had MMA legend Vitor Belfort take on Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. Unfortunately for Vitor, his opponent's fists and elbows met his face far more often than he hoped.
Belfort pulled guard, which, when done to a jiu-jitsu wizard like jacare, is pretty much like asking to lose. It was all downhill for the legend from there. Jacare busted open his opponent's face from full mount and got the first-round finish.
Other main card winners included Shogun Rua gaining a controversial split decision over Corey Anderson (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), as well as Bryan Barberena beating Warlley Alves by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Check out the prelim results below:
- Demian Maia def. Matt Brown by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3.
- Thiago Santos def. Nate Marquardt by KO (punch) Round 1, 3:39.
- Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros by unanimous decision (29-26, 30-27, 30-26).
- John Lineker def. Rob Font by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26).
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins by TKO (punches) Round 1, 4:52.
- Sergio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas ruled a split draw (29-28 Moraes, 29-28 Chagas, 28-28).
- Renato Moicano def. Zubaira Tukhugov by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2).