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Daniel Cormier solidified his reign as the UFC light heavyweight king after dispatching Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir in the second round at UFC 220.
Daniel Cormier (20-1-1 NC) was in bullish mood leading up to the fight this week against contender Volkan Oezdemir (15-2) on Saturday night.
The light-heavyweight champion was returned the belt last year after Jon Jones, the then champion tested positive for an illegal substance. In the build up to the fight, Cormier reiterated the fact that he was indeed “a fake champion” and the only way to become a legitimate champion was to beat Volkan Oezdemir in devastating fashion.
“DC’s” words came to fruition during UFC 220’s co-main event on Saturday night in Boston.
Oezdemir living up to his nickname, “No Time”, wasted none of it in pushing forward and attempting to land a killer blow onto the champion.
The Swiss native appeared to tire quickly and Cormier was able to capitalise and took him down with ease and almost sunk in a rear naked choke before Oezdemir was saved by the bell.
Cormier managed to continue the onslaught in the second round and with 2 minutes on the clock having secured a mounted crucifix position, the referee halted the contest and Cormier was declared the undisputed UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion of the world.
Speaking to Joe Rogan inside the Octagon, Cormier kneeling on the canvas addressed the crowd.
I’ve gone through so much. So much with my main rival (Jon Jones) and now I can say that I’m a real champion.