UFC 230: Daniel Cormier stuffs Derrick Lewis in first heavyweight title defense

UFC 230: Daniel Cormier stuffs Derrick Lewis in first heavyweight title defense

By any measure, Derrick Lewis should have just as good a shot at beating Daniel Cormier as McGregor had against Nurmagomedov.

Cormier would wrestle Lewis back to the ground before locking in a rear naked choke to win via tapout, becoming the first man to defend the UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Championships.

After Cormier won the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 226, he called Lesnar down to the ring and the two had a brief confrontation ending in Lesnar announcing his intention to fight Cormier in 2019. He also now holds the light heavyweight championship and was presented with two title belts after the fight.

"Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that brand new WWE title", Cormier said. "It's history and Daniel Cormier is one of the best of all-time".

CBS Sports was with you for every punch, kick and submission attempt from Madison Square Garden with our live blog below.

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.

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"Look who just slid into our DMs before the weigh in", the fried chicken joint tweeted, with a picture of Lewis chomping on a drumstick.

Lewis struggled free to survive the first stanza, although Cormier picked up where he left off in the second round, nullifying Lewis' fabled punching power by securing yet another takedown before choking out the challenger, who in truth had offered little threat throughout. I don't understand how that works.

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.

The main event had history, if not the thrills of the earlier bouts. "The Black Beast" leaps in with some big punches and appears to partially connect with a right hand. I always say that a lot of this fighting is not personal to me.

Souza rebounded from a loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224 and did it with a busted nose.

To open the pay-per-view portion of the card, New Zealand's Israel Adesanya put on a clinical performance in knocking out Derek Brunson in the first round.

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