Daniel Cormier stops Volkan Oezdemir in second round to retain light heavyweight belt in UFC 220
Daniel Cormier pinned Volkan Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of punches to the face. AP

BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has defended his 205-pound title with a dominating performance over Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event of UFC 220 on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).

Cormier (20-1) had the Boston crowd behind him and Oezdemir (16-1) taking shots in front of him, putting him away just two minutes into the second round.

Cormier raised his hands in triumph as UFC President Dana White wrapped the title belt around his waist. He dropped to his knees on the canvas and said he proved he was worthy of being called champion.

Cormier was awarded the title after Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight championship when he failed his latest doping test.

Cormier had lived in Jones' shadow for the last few years of his career.

But against Oezdemir, he was worthy of the title.

Cormier nearly put away Oezdemir in the first round with a choke until there was a late save by the bell. But Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of punches to the face.

 

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