Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring
The co-main event is next, as heavy favorite Daniel Cormier (10-0) takes on Dion Staring (28-7). Cormier is a 20-to-1 favorite at last glance. The referee will be John McCarthy.
Round 1: Staring is loading up his right, but misses with an uppercut. Head kick by Cormier with Staring having his hand lowered. Staring ties up and lands some nice knees. Staring avoids an inside trip, but Cormier turns him and slams him to the mat, working from side control. Cormier with an elbow as he patiently waits for Staring to make a mistake. Staring gets out of a crucifix, but Cormier takes the back. Staring to his feet, and they separate. Cormier unloading and Staring is covering up, as he grabs his waist and gets another takedown. Staring likely won’t survive this takedown by the former Olympic wrestler. Surprisingly, Staring does survive the takedown as we approach the one-minute mark. Cormier slowly works a third takedown and delivers a nasty elbow. Cormier postures up and starts firing down lefts and rights to Staring with 40 seconds left in the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Cormier
Round 2: Staring comes out firing, pushing Cormier against the fence. Of course, that allows Cormier to tie up and work for another takedown. The separate and Cormier starts using his jab. Staring ties up Cormier, but Cormier gets the takedown with an inside step. Cormier to side control, looking to hammer Staring with elbows. Staring reverses and Cormier takes his back, connecting with a left and a right. Staring rolls through and Cormier is back into side control, delivering a series of uncontested rights. Cormier pounding away on Staring with lefts and rights at will. More ground-and-pound from Cormie with just under two minutes to go. With a minute left, the ref steps in after Cormier lands several more powerful rights.
Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of Round 2