UFC 230: Daniel Cormier chokes out Derrick Lewis, defends 2nd title

Deanna Kelley
November 4, 2018

Lewis earned the shot at the title after beating Alexander Volkov barely a month ago, but his quick return to the octagon failed to pay off after he tapped out in the second round of the clash in NY.

Cormier had a quick takedown in the first round and turned in a dominant yet boring effort to easily take the round.

Cormier got stung by a right hand from Lewis in the second but the champion soon had his opponent back on the canvas, a rear-naked choke finishing the job at 2.14. Lewis may have all the heart in the world, but that doesn't tend to be much help against a fighter as skilled as Cormier.

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Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest) had a quick takedown in the first and turned in a dominant yet boring effort to easily take the round.

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. "We're the two greatest fighters of all time and we fight each other". "I know y'all guys don't expect me to come in here and get no submissions or nothing technical, you're going to get what you've been seeing, it's going to be all heart".

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White also mentioned that he hasn't talked to Lesnar in a while and confirmed that he has no idea when the fight against Daniel Cormier will happen.

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.

Lesnar is now in the USADA testing pool and will be clear to return to the octagon in early January. He will hold the light heavyweight title only until former foe Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fight for the title later this year.

Lewis eventually managed to extract himself, only for Cormier to secure a second takedown and press the advantage by hammering away on the deck. Lewis opened with a body shot to Cormier and then followed it up with another that backed Cormier up.

In the co-main event, Brazilian veteran Jacare Souza stunned home favorite Chris Weidman with a third-round TKO win in their middleweight contest.

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