Stipe Miocic landed a stunning short right hand – while back-pedalling – to stun Fabricio Werdum in the first round and win the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 198 in Brazil.
Werdum was befuddling much of Miocic’s attack early on in the round and thought he hurt Miocic with a shot, rushing in to try and finish. But Miocic, though wobbly, was not done, back-pedalling for landing the pivotal shot that ended the night.
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Werdum in the post-fight press conference stated the only fair thing since was on a 6-fight win streak before the loss, was to get a rematch. The local Brazilian athletic commission medically suspended him for 30 days.
Francisco Trinaldo and Yancy Mederios earned Fight-of-the-Night honours while Miocic and Ronaldo Souza earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
RENATO MOICANO VS ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV
WINNER: RENATO MOICANO VIA SPLIT DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: The back-pedalling by Tukhugov probably cost him the fight. He did well, opening up the left eye of Moicano, but Moicano controlled the octagon and with both fighters evenly landing strikes, Moicano got the win. Good win for Moicano.
SERGIO MORAES VS LUAN CHAGAS
WINNER: DRAW (28-29, 29-28, 28-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: SERGIO MORAES VIA TKO
Andrews: Moraes overcame a bad first round togged the draw, but give Chagas credit for a great performance on 2 weeks notice despite gassing after the first round.
#10 ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA VS #11 PATRICK CUMMINS
WINNER: ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUERIA VIA TKO R1 4:52
ANDREWS PREDICTION: PATRICK CUMMINS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Nogueira defended the takedown well, but went on offence too, catching Cummins late and forcing the ref to stop it. Great win for Lil’ Nog.
TSN 5 PRELIMS
#12 JOHN LINEKER VS ROB FONT
WINNER: JOHN LINEKER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROB FONT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Lineker used his power and bodyshops to keep Font on the defensive for most of the bout. Great win for Lineker, despite giving up huge size and reach disadvantages.
FRANCISCO TRINALDO VS YANCY MEDERIOS
WINNER: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-26, 30-26, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA SPLIT DECISION
Andrews: Trinaldo’s wrestling and overhand left’s battered Mederios, who did not give in and landed a nifty flurry late in Round 2. Great performances by both fighters.
THIAGO SANTOS VS NATE MARQUARDT
WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO R1 3:39
ANDREWS PREDICTION: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO
Andrews: Santos striking just overwhelmed Marquardt. Impressive win for the Brazilian.
#6 DEMIAN MAIA VS #8 MATT BROWN
WINNER: DEMAIN MAIA VIA SUBMISSION R3 4:31
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATT BROWN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: I thought Brown would have the gameplay to keep it on the feet, but Maia was way too much. While Brown’s defence was good, Maia controlled him and it was a matter of time for the tap. Excellent performance for Maia.
WARLLEY ALVES VS BRYAN BARBERENA
WINNER: BRAN BARBERENA VIA UNNIMOUS DECISION
ANDREWS PREDICTION: WARLLEY ALVES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Barberena simply outworked Alves for the win. He withstood the early storm. Good win for Bryan.
#8 MAURICIO RUA VS #12 COREY ANDERSON
WINNER: MAURICO RUA VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: COREY ANDERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: I thought Rua would fade, but he had enough in the tank to steal Round 2 and deal with eh wrestling of Anderson. Good win for Rua.
CRIS CYBORG VS LESLIE SMITH
WINNER: CRIS CYBORG VIA TKO R1 1:21
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CRIS CYBORG VIA TKO
Andrews: Cyborg dropped Smith with a left hook right hand combo and then swarmed in typical Cyborg fashion. Good win for Cyborg.
#2 RONALDO SOUZA VS #3 VITOR BELFORT
WINNER: RONALDO SOUZA VIA TKO R1 4:38
ANDREWS PREDICTION: VITOR BELFORT VIA TKO
Andrews: I thought Belfort would use those kicks and striking, but he never got a chance. Souza took him to the ground and busted him open. Great win for Jacare.
(C) FABRICIO WERDUM VS STIPE MIOCIC
WINNER: STIPE MIOCIC VIA TKO R1 2:47
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FABRICIO WERDUM VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Miocic landed an incredible short right hand going backwards to stun Werdum and Brazil. Great win for Stipe. Werdum classy in defeat.