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UFC 198 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Werdum vs. Miocic Card

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2016

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Fabricio Werdum of Brazil in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Stipe Miocic is the new UFC heavyweight champion. On Saturday night in Curitiba, Brazil, Miocic scored a scintillating one-punch knockout over defending champion Fabricio Werdum. 

Fox Sports: UFC tweeted a graphic acknowledging the changing of the guard:

FOX Sports: UFC @UFCONFOX

#AndNew #UFC198 https://t.co/W3RNc0Sjeb

Werdum's approach was questionable. He was ultra-aggressive from the opening horn, and that strategy led to his demise. When he was caught by a short right hand, Werdum was running toward a retreating Miocic with his hands wide, trying to land a left hand.

Miocic fired a counter that landed on Werdum's chin and knocked him out cold. The finish happened at the 2:47 mark of the first round, leaving the Brazilian crowd in a state of shock and awkward silence.

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  Fabricio Werdum of Brazil recovers after being knocked out by Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by
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During his post-fight interview, the Cleveland, Ohio, native told his long-suffering sports city it finally has something to cheer about, per MMAFighting.com:

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

Miocic: “Cleveland, we got a champion baby! We’ve got a champion!"

ZombieProphet was quick to add the Crying Jordan treatment to his tweet as he trolled Werdum after the loss:

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Miocic's win will almost certainly set up a title defense against Alistair Overeem. The latter impressively stopped Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night: Rotterdam on May 8. That battle of powerful strikers should be a fan-friendly contest.

Jacare Batters Belfort

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (L-R) Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza of Brazil celebrates after defeating Vitor Belfort of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by J
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Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza wants a shot at the UFC middleweight title, and he might have earned it Saturday. He destroyed Vitor Belfort in the first round via technical knockout. 

Souza avoided Belfort's early punches and got the better of the renowned striker in stand-up exchanges. He opened a cut across Belfort's nose and took his fellow Brazilian to the mat, where he did the definitive damage. The flowing blood prompted the referee to stop the action so the doctor could take a look at Belfort's battered face.

That gave Belfort a temporary reprieve, but matters would conclude moments later. Souza again wound up in top control, and this time, nothing would rescue Belfort from the perilous position.

Souza pounded him until the referee stepped in to stop the onslaught. The question now is this: After the convincing victory, does Souza deserve the next shot at the 185-pound crown? The MMA community seems to be split.

Fox Sports: UFC and MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani see things differently:

FOX Sports: UFC @UFCONFOX

WOW. Jacare just smoked Belfort. If there was any doubt about whether he was ready for a shot at the belt, there isn't now. #UFC198

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Hard to argue but if I'm in charge Bisping gets next title shot. I know February was a while ago but the Brit did just best Anderson ya know

Michael Bisping did defeat Anderson Silva, but most would argue The Spider had him out on his feet in the third round of that fight. Bisping has also had several opportunities to rise to the elite level in his career, but Souza has seemingly been passed over.

Perhaps the two men should fight each other to determine the No. 1 contender. A Souza vs. Bisping bout would make for a solid co-main event on an upcoming card.

Here's a look at all of the results from Saturday's card.

Results

Fight Pass Prelims

  • Renato Moicano def. Zubaira Tukhugov by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
  • Sergio Moraes and Luan Chagas fight to draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28).
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins by first-round TKO.

Fox Sports 1 Prelims

  • John Lineker def. Rob Font by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28).
  • Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-26).
  • Thiago Santos def. Nate Marquardt by first-round TKO.
  • Demian Maia def. Matt Brown by third-round submission.

Main Card

  • Bryan Barberena def. Warlley Alves by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Corey Anderson by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
  • Cris "Cyborg" Justino def. Leslie Smith by first-round TKO.
  • Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza def. Vitor Belfort by first-round TKO.
  • Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum by first-round TKO.

The Finishes

Nogueira Blasts Cummins

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (L-R) Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of Brazil punches Patrick Cummins in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
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Little Nog's takedown defense and boxing were a nasty combination against Patrick Cummins. The Brazilian legend easily stopped Cummins' lumbering takedown attempts and picked him apart with pinpoint jabs and straight left hands.

A jab-straight left combination wobbled Cummins in the first round. Nogueira chased the stoppage win with his ground-and-pound, but somehow Cummins momentarily got to his feet.

Nogueira didn't let up. He smashed away with left hands until referee Leon Roberts called for an end to the bout. The UFC tweeted this celebratory moment between the Nogueira twins:

UFC @ufc

Nothing like that brotherly love! #UFC198 @MinotouroMMA @MinotauroMMA https://t.co/k5SIpJoJPf

Todd Martin of the Los Angeles Times and Sherdog thought Cummins' chin was his downfall:

Todd Martin @ToddMartinMMA

Patrick Cummins has some good tools but his chin is just too big of an Achilles' heel in the 205 pound division.

He's been stopped in each of his four losses in the UFC.

Fox Sports' Damon Martin thinks Nikita Krylov will be next for Nogueira:

Damon Martin @DamonMartin

I'm calling it now: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Nikita Krylov. #UFC198

That would make for an interesting bout.

Santos Makes Nate Look Not So Great

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (R-L) Thiago Santos of Brazil punches Nate Marquardt in their middleweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Ge
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Thiago Santos is a dangerous man. His striking is among the best in the UFC. Usually, MMA isn't the sport for comparisons, but he's a bigger version of Edson Barboza.

On Saturday, he smashed through over-the-hill legend Nate Marquardt in the first round. A short left hook hurt Marquardt initially. A body hook and a flurry of punches ended the bout.

Santos has now won four fights in a row, and he called out some interesting names after the win, per MMAFighting.com:

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

Thiago Santos mentions Michael Bisping, Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson as potential next opponents. #UFC198

Santos vs. Whittaker gets this MMA writer's vote:

MMAFighting.com's Luke Thomas spelled out Marquardt's not-so-great recent fight history:

Luke Thomas @lthomasnews

Since 2013, Marquardt has fought 8 times. He's lost 6 of those, 4 via stoppage, 3 in the first round. Ability to take a shot is compromised.

Maia Smothers Brown

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (L-R) Demian Maia of Brazil controls the body of Matt Brown in their welterweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC
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Demian Maia is the greatest submission fighter in the history of MMA. The 38-year-old Brazilian used a rear-naked choke in the third round against Matt Brown to earn the 11th submission win of his career.

Maia dominated the majority of the bout with his jiu-jitsu. Brown did hurt Maia early in the third round, but he couldn't get the finish. That was his only opportunity, as Maia regained his wherewithal and resumed his ground dominance.

Late in the third, Maia got his arm under Brown's chin, and the latter couldn't resist any longer. He tapped, and Maia got the win. MMAFighting.com and the site's Shaheen Al-Shatti tweeted about Maia's exceptional ground game:

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

My goodness, Maia is so damn good at what he does.

Shaheen Al-Shatti @shaunalshatti

Drowning under Old Man Maia is a special kind of hell.

At some point, Maia has to get a title shot. He's won five fights in a row, and it's getting tougher to ignore him.

Cyborg Mows Down Smith

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (L-R) Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino of Brazil punches Leslie Smith in their women's catchweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LL
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Leslie Smith was served up, and Cris "Cyborg" Justino feasted. It was clear in the early moments of the first round that Smith's night would be short.

Cyborg found a home for most of her beautiful combinations. She blasted Smith with a left-right combo that put Smith down. Cyborg started raining down ground-and-pound shots until the referee stopped the bout.

Smith wasn't happy about the stoppage, though. She felt it was early, and it may have beenbut there's no doubt Smith was going to lose.

Cyborg was vicious en route to the win. The fight took place at a 140-pound catchweight, but there is speculation that Cyborg could compete in the bantamweight division. After Saturday night's performance, don't expect to see women lining up for that challenge.

What's Next?

Nov 7, 2015; Sao Paulo, Brazil;  Thomas Almeida (red gloves) reacts after defeating Anthony Birchak (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
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On May 29, the UFC will go back to Las Vegas, and the card will feature an awesome main event. Thomas Almeida will take on fellow hot prospect Cody Garbrandt. Both men possess exceptional striking skills, and neither man has a loss on his recordbut someone's zero must go.

In the co-main event, Renan Barao will move up to featherweight to take on Jeremy Stephens. It should be another strong card.


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