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DC proves he deserves belt in dominant display at UFC 220

Read on for UFC 220 co-main event results…

 BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 20: Daniel Cormier celebrates after his TKO victory over Volkan Oezdemir of Switzerland in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)CORMIER vs OEZDEMIR

After a spectacular 2017 campaign that saw him vault into a title fight in the space of three wins, Volkan Oezdemir saw his winning streak come to an emphatic end in the UFC 220 co-main event at TD Garden on Saturday, as Daniel Cormier successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight title, stopping Oezdemir in the second round.

“It feels good to get back in here and get a victory,” said Cormier, who was coming off a no contest against Jon Jones last summer.

#AndStill! @DC_MMA shows why he is the champ from START to FINISH! #UFC220 @WishShopping
— UFC (@ufc) January 21, 2018

Oezdemir went after the finish immediately, tagging Cormier with hard lefts as he kept the champion off balance in the middle of the Octagon and against the fence. With a little over three minutes left, Cormier began firing back and pressing the action, and it slowed Oezdemir’s attack a bit. With 90 seconds left, Cormier stung Oezdemir and appeared to have him hurt, but the Switzerland native, whose right eye was now marked up, fired back. It was “DC” in control at the end, as he took his opponent down and nearly sunk in a rear naked choke before the horn sounded.

Cormier grounded Oezdemir early in round two, now completely in control, and he went to work, pinning his foe’s arms as he fired off punches to the head. Oezdemir tried to escape, but it was to no avail, as the unanswered barrage of blows prompted referee Kevin MacDonald to stop the fight at the 2:00 mark of the second round.

With the win, the 38-year-old Cormier improves to 20-1, 1 NC. The 28-year-old Oezdemir, who loses for the first time in four Octagon bouts, falls to 15-2.