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UFC 220 results: Daniel Cormier weathers early storm, TKOs Volkan Oezdemir in round 2

Daniel Cormier finished Volkan Oezdemir with ground strikes to retain his UFC light heavyweight title in the UFC 220 co-main event.

UFC 220: Cormier v Oezdemir Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The UFC co-main event was blessed with a light heavyweight title fight in the form of Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir, and the defending champion successfully stopped Oezdemir with ground strikes in the 2nd round of the co-main event. Oezdemir came out hot, pouring on the heat early, stuffing Cormier’s takedowns and landing heavy hooks. Cormier would weather the early storm to land some staggering punches late, realized a takedown in the 2nd and punched away until the referee pulled him off. Oezdemir made his UFC debut in February of 2017, and in less than a year, he took the division by storm to secure his shot at a world title, but Cormier proved to be on another level.

Co-main Event:

Daniel Cormier def. Volkan Oezdemir by TKO at 2:00 of round 2: Light Heavyweight Title

Oezdemir came out aggressive, looking to land heavy shots right off the bat. Cormier tried to clinch up with the challenger, but Oezdemir did a sound job of maintain his space. Cormier continued to try and close the distance, but Oezdemir wasn’t having any of it. The pace of Oezdemir slowed up a bit in the remaining 90 seconds, allowing Cormier to land some damaging punches before securing a late takedown, and attempting a buzzer beater RNC.

Cormier realized an early takedown and moved right into full mount to begin round 2. From there, Cormier took side control and began punching Oezdemir repeatedly from mounted crucifix until the referee had seen enough.

Look at Cormier showing Oezdemir that he can throw the heat as well: