Daniel Cormier has set the stage for a monster fight with Brock Lesnar after destroying Stipe Miocic in the first round to win the UFC heavyweight title.
Cormier (21-1-1NC) flattened the UFC’s long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right uppercut out of a clinch.
He finished Miocic (18-3) on the ground with 27 seconds left in the round by landing several shots before the referee stepped in.
Cormier became the second fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts simultaneously.
Conor McGregor was the UFC’s featherweight champ in 2016 when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.
“I was a heavyweight for a long time, and I left the division,” Cormier said.
“I never knew what I could become, but tonight I got the answer. I’m a two-division champion, baby!”
After beating Miocic, Cormier engaged in a bit of clearly planned theatrics with Brock Lesnar, the professional wrestler and former UFC heavyweight champion.
Cormier called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.
“Push me now, (and) you’re going to sleep later. Your days are in the past. In the stone age,” Cormier yelled.
Lesnar wasted no time hitting back: “Let me tell you something, I walk into this building and watch the heavyweight disasters from the beginning.”
That was in reference to what many fans declared the worst heavyweight fight ever between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic.
“Ngannou’s a piece of s***! Miocic, the piece of sh***,” Lesnar said.
“DC, I’m coming for you motherf***er!”
Lesnar is widely expected to return to the UFC later this year or early next year.
The 39-year-old Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, and his five-inch height disadvantage against Miocic was no problem; he actually weighed a few pounds more than his opponent at weigh-ins on Friday.
Cormier’s move up to challenge Miocic was only the third superfight in UFC history between reigning champions of two weight classes.
Welterweight champ Georges St- Pierre defended his belt in 2009 by battering lightweight champ BJ Penn, and McGregor accomplished his feat less than two years ago in his most recent MMA fight.