UFC 230: Daniel Cormier Submits Derrick Lewis To Remain Champion

Cormier, who also holds the light heavyweight crown, made quick work of an overmatched Lewis with a rear naked choke. And with wins in nine of his last ten bouts, with seven of those victories coming by knockout, it's clear that Lewis is risky on fight night.

Cormier's Olympic-level wrestling proved too much for the heavy hitting Lewis.

The closest Cormier came to defeat on Saturday was apparently early on fight day, when he claims he threw out his back. due to a sneeze. That dude actually got in so much s**t that they just said, "Here, DC, you can just have the belt back" the last time after he knocked me out.

Right now, Cormier is focused only on defending his heavyweight title against Lewis Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, but assuming he wins, then it will come time to make some important decisions. If you have a puncher's chance, like I said, that's not enough.

"I'm sure USADA said - whatever".

You never know how one thing can change another in time and there's always the possibility that you might never expect how different things could have been if things would have been different. I don't think none of my opponents are safe.

"He did what we thought he was going to do: wrestle", Lewis told reporters, including MMAjunkie, post-fight.

"It's where all the famous fighters put down their mark in the sport", he said.

Daniel Cormier becomes the first double division champion to defend both belts!

But Cormier has solidified himself as one of MMA's greatest fighters and most dominant wrestlers.

UFC President Dana White recently stated that he had no problems with Lesnar bring the WWE Universal Championship with him to the octagon, although he didn't believe that was something Vince McMahon would allow.

It was a surprising pairing, but one that carried a ton of intrigue, as Lewis has shown that he's never out of a fight and Cormier's competitive instincts propelled him into the cage with the risky knockout artist when many others would have opted to remain on the sidelines until 2019. I'm a brawler, and for me to get a shot like this is really eye opening.

Back when he was in college, Lewis was sent to prison for 3 and a half years after violating probation stemming from a case where he beat the hell out of a Ku Klux Klan member who had a shotgun.

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