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UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2
UFC 241 Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 17, 2019 (2019-08-17)
VenueHonda Center
CityAnaheim, California
Attendance17,304[1]
Total gate$3,237,032[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang

UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on August 17, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.[2][3]

Background[edit]

A UFC Heavyweight Championship rematch between current champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Stipe Miocic served as the event's headliner.[4] The pairing met previously at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 when then UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first round to capture the heavyweight title.[5]

A middleweight bout between former interim UFC Middleweight Championship challenger (as well as 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former world champion in freestyle wrestling) Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was rescheduled for this event.[6] The pairing was previously scheduled to take place at UFC 230, at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw and again at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson but was scrapped each time for various reasons.[6]

A lightweight bout was scheduled between John Makdessi and Devonte Smith for the event. However, it was reported on July 30 that Makdessi was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons.[7] Returning veteran Clay Collard was briefly linked as the replacement.[8] In turn, Collard was removed from the bout during the week leading up to the event due to an undisclosed medical issue. Smith instead fought promotional newcomer Khama Worthy.[9]

A flyweight bout was scheduled between Maryna Moroz and Poliana Botelho for the event. However, it was reported on August 1 that Moroz was forced to pull from the event citing injury.[10] In early August, Botelho announced via social media that she was no longer participating in the event.[11]

Manny Bermudez and Casey Kenney were originally scheduled to fight at bantamweight. However, the UFC decided to move the bout to a catchweight bout of 140 lbs due to Bermudez not being able to safely cut weight the night before weigh-ins.[12] According to Kenney, he received a part of Bermudez's purse despite him not technically missing weight.[13]

Results[edit]

Fight Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier (c) TKO (punches) 4 4:09 [a]
Welterweight Nate Diaz def. Anthony Pettis Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Sodiq Yusuff def. Gabriel Benítez TKO (punches) 1 4:14
Middleweight Derek Brunson def. Ian Heinisch Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Lightweight Khama Worthy def. Devonte Smith TKO (punches) 1 4:15
Bantamweight Cory Sandhagen def. Raphael Assunção Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Drakkar Klose def. Christos Giagos Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (140 lbs) Casey Kenney def. Manny Bermudez Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women's Strawweight Hannah Cifers def. Jodie Esquibel Decision (unanimous) (30–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Kyung Ho Kang def. Brandon Davis Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Flyweight Sabina Mazo def. Shana Dobson Decision (unanimous) (30–24, 30–25, 30–25) 3 5:00

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Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[1]

  • Fight of the Night: Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero
  • Performance of the Night: Stipe Miocic and Khama Worthy

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $3,318,000.[15]

  • Stipe Miocic: $750,000 (no win bonus) def. Daniel Cormier: $500,000
  • Nate Diaz: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis: $155,000
  • Paulo Costa: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Yoel Romero: $150,000
  • Sodiq Yusuff: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Benítez: $40,000
  • Derek Brunson: $190,000 (includes $95,000 win bonus) def. Ian Heinisch: $25,000
  • Khama Worthy: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Devonte Smith: $23,000
  • Cory Sandhagen: $154,000 (includes $77,000 win bonus) def. Raphael Assunção: $79,000
  • Drakkar Klose: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Christos Giagos: $28,000
  • Casey Kenney: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Manny Bermudez: $20,000
  • Hannah Cifers: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Jodie Esquibel: $10,000
  • Kyung Ho Kang: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Davis: $21,000
  • Sabina Mazo: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Shana Dobson: $12,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stephie Haynes (2019-08-18). "UFC 241 post-fight bonuses: Romero-Costa war nabs FOTN honors". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-05-01). "Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic 2 targeted for August after Dana White says Brock Lesnar retired". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  3. ^ Newswire (2019-05-12). "UFC announces dates for third, fourth quarter of 2019, including returns to Sacramento, San Antonio, Mexico City". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  4. ^ Jose Youngs (2019-05-04). "Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic 2 official for UFC 241 in Anaheim". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  5. ^ Adam Hill (2018-07-07). "Daniel Cormier ends Stipe Miocic's title reign at UFC 226". reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  6. ^ a b Jesse Holland (2019-05-07). "Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa rebooked for UFC 241 in Anaheim". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  7. ^ John Morgan (2019-07-30). "John Makdessi out at UFC 241, promotion seeking replacement opponent for Devonte Smith". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  8. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-08-05). "Clay Collard replaces John Makdessi vs. Devonte Smith at UFC 241". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  9. ^ Nolan King (2019-08-13). "Devonte Smith gets third opponent, draws promotional newcomer Khama Worthy at UFC 241". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-07-31). "Maryna Moroz out of UFC 241 fight with Poliana Botelho". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-08-01). "Poliana Botelho removed from UFC 241 card after Maryna Moroz injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  12. ^ Cole Shelton (2019-08-16). "UFC 241 bout gets a change in weight class". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  13. ^ Cole Shelton (2019-08-29). "Casey Kenney received part of opponent's purse in move to catchweight at UFC 241". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  14. ^ "UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  15. ^ Staff (2019-08-18). "Stipe Miocic ($750,000) and Daniel Cormier ($500,000) top UFC 241's $3.3 million payroll". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-08-18.