This past weekend, while most of the MMA world was focused on UFC on Versus 2, former Olympian Daniel Cormier took a little trip to Australia. Once there, he picked up his third stoppage victory and the XMMA heavyweight title.
Lucas Browne came into the fight will five first-round knockouts in his first five fights. Cormier took the brawler to the ground and unleashed some furious ground and pound. The referee stopped the bout in the first round.
Browne was originally intended to face Cormier’s teammate Mike Kyle. However, Kyle suffered an injury during his win over Abongo Huhmphrey and was forced to pull out. Cormier took the fight on short notice despite being scheduled to fight for Strikeforce on Aug. 13.
The win moved Cormier’s MMA record to 3-0. He made his debut against Gary Frazier, and he followed that up with a knockout victory over former wrestling foe John Devine in March.
Cormier’s upcoming bout at Strikeforce Challengers 10 has not been officially announced by the promotion and an opponent is not known. The card will feature the first-ever Strikeforce women’s tournament. Carina Damm, Hitomi Akano, Miesha Tate and Maiju Kujala will compete for the right to face champion Sarah Kaufman.