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

04 November, 2018, 22:36 | Author: Donna Miller
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While defeating Lewis isn't a foregone conclusion, Cormier is a massive favorite heading into the fight, and a loss would be considered one of the bigger upsets in the history of the UFC's heavyweight division.

Cormier exerted his authority from the outset, with most of the opening action confined to the ground after the champ secured a takedown against a disappointing Lewis at the first attempt.

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From there, Cormier climbed around to Lewis' back and quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke, clamping down on the squeeze and forcing "The Black Beast" to tap out.

Lewis had a size and reach advantage, but Cormier set the tempo and took Lewis down at will before submitting him in the second round. Part of the appeal of Lewis is he's a man you can never count out, but stylistically he had nothing for Cormier - and Cormier knew it.

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The victory keeps up Cormier's remarkable unbeaten career record at heavyweight, which now stands at 15 fights, and moves him to 22-1 overall, with 1 no contest.

Cormier had an itch to add a third (yet faux) title.

For former middleweight king Weidman, 34, it's a further step back after he was looking to build on his win last time out against Gastelum, but now slips to 14-4 overall. Lesnar is still with WWE and left the promotion's controversial Crown Jewel event on Friday in Saudi Arabia as the Universal champion. "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". Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout. His status remains as murky as ever - he still has to serve out the remainder of a USADA suspension - and was not spotted at MSG. Lewis opened with a body shot to Cormier and then followed it up with another that backed Cormier up. He will hold the light heavyweight title only until former foe Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fight for the title later this year.

Lewis landed a nice combo 30 seconds into the second round and even tried a switch kick as he stepped up the aggression.

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