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

UFC 230: Daniel Cormier stuffs Derrick Lewis in first heavyweight title defense UFC 230: Daniel Cormier stuffs Derrick Lewis in first heavyweight title defense
Stacy Diaz | 04 November, 2018, 14:36

"Two belts one on each shoulder baby", Cormier said in the Octagon after the fight. "I get to look at this again", Cormier said. "Like my man Jon Anik says, 'History in the making".

He backed up his boast in New York's Madison Square Garden.

In a clinical performance which badly exposed the gap in class and technical ability between the two fighters, Cormier made the first defense of his heavyweight title on Saturday via second-round submission in the main event of UFC 230.

His win in NY could set up a bout with Brock Lesnar, who has not competed inside the octagon for two years.

Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar, has consistently been one of the five biggest draws in the history of MMA, and there was already heat building for a showdown with Cormier after they had an in-cage altercation back at UFC 226 in July.

Less than a minute in, Cormier snatched up a single leg and dumped Lewis to the floor, immediately moving to a half-guard ride and mushing his elbow into Lewis' face.

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. Let's go! Let's go, Brock! "Bring that belt with you if you come to my house." .

The heavyweight champ even managed to plant a big kiss on Rogan for good measure.

But with the a super-fight between Cormier and Lesnar imminent, will we see the The Beast come face-to-face with DC on Saturday? Lewis mimicked Cormier's moves from the video at the news conference and both fighters erupted into laughter. 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.

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. The second bout a year ago was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test that kept him out of the sport for 15 months.

Cormier will be stripped of his light heavyweight title and the 205-pound crown will go to the victor of the Jones-Alexander Gustafsson bout at UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas.