Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Cormier

FILE - In this Thursday, July 5, 2018, filer photo, Stipe Miocic, left, and Daniel Cormier pose during a news conference for UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The trilogy fight between Daniel Cormier and champ Stipe Miocic will crown the greatest heavyweight of all time. UFC 252 Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas could be Cormier's last fight ever.  (AP Photo/John Locher)
FILE - In this Thursday, July 5, 2018, filer photo, Stipe Miocic, left, and Daniel Cormier pose during a news conference for UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The trilogy fight between Daniel Cormier and champ Stipe Miocic will crown the greatest heavyweight of all time. UFC 252 Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas could be Cormier's last fight ever. (AP Photo/John Locher) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

LAS VEGAS – Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision in a five-round bout Saturday night to win the rubber match in a fantastic trilogy between the fighters and retain his heavyweight championship at UFC 252.

Miocic (20-3) swept the scorecards 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 to stake his claim as perhaps the greatest heavyweight in UFC history.

“I'm happy to cement my legacy,” Miocic said.

Miocic tagged Cormier with a vicious poke to his left eye late in the third round that sent the challenger staggering to his corner. Cormier's eye was about swollen shut, but he gamely fought on the final two rounds in the main event of UFC 252 at the UFC APEX complex in Las Vegas

“I can't see anything out of my left eye,” Cormier said. “It's black.”

Miocic said he apologized to Cormier for the poke.

“I totally poked him in the eye, my bad," Miocic said.

Cormier was taken to the hospital after the bout. There was no immediate word about his condition.