With both men visibly tiring, Miocic changed his tactics in the fourth round, ripping a series of devastating left hooks to the body of his opponent to set up the stoppage with 51 seconds left on the clock.
After a almost three year hiatus, Nate Diaz showed that he has not missed a beat.
"I'm gonna fight the baddest dudes at the biggest shows, that's what I want to do", Diaz said.
Cool and collected outside of the cage and a risk-taking pressure fighter in the cage, Sandhagen isn't shy about his title aspirations. "I saw him slowing down and I thought, 'Okay, this is where I take it now'".
Why they should fight: Although the fight was extremely close and the decision was somewhat debatable, the reality is Romero now finds himself on a two-fight losing skid for the first time after coming out on the wrong end of the scorecards to Paulo Costa.
Fans can purchase the UFC 241 PPV here. Featuring three highly anticipated matchups on the main card including Cormier vs Miocic and Pettis vs Diaz. But fortunes flip on a dime in the fight game, and one championship adjustment was all it took for Stipe Miocic to retake his heavyweight throne. "I'm not going to wait a year to fight, so whatever is next, I'm ready".
In the co-main event fan favourite Nate Diaz returned for the first time in years, facing former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis in a grudge match. Right now that's Gastelum (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who lost to Adesanya in an interim title bout earlier this year.
After relinquishing the title, de Randamie moved back to her natural weight class and after a recent knockout win over then undefeated prospect Aspen Ladd in less than a minute, established herself as the top contender in the division.