Derrick Lewis breaks down loss vs. Daniel Cormier | UFC 230

Sergio Cunningham
November 4, 2018

"Let's go Brock! Bring that belt with you when you come to my house". And he'll be keeping an eye on his waistline - the one he expects to still be wrapped with the title belt after Saturday night. Lesnar is still with WWE and left the promotion's controversial Crown Jewel event on Friday in Saudi Arabia as the Universal champion.

"It's history, baby", said Cormier, speaking with Joe Rogan following his victory.

Lewis came out more aggressively in the second, threatening with strikes through the opening minute, but as soon as Cormier could close the distance, he dumped him to the canvas.

Cormier, 39, won with a rear naked choke in the second round in a routine victory in NY.

Derrick Lewis never expected to be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title; it was never his aim, nor was it something he fixated on.

Lewis' manager clarified that this deal with grant the heavyweight free Popeyes for life in his home city of Houston. "Stuff like that means something to me, which is a bit risky because the UFC knows, if they dangle the carrot, they know they can get me to bite by putting all that historical stuff in front of me".

Cormier's last fight ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.

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Lesnar is now in the USADA testing pool and will be clear to return to the octagon in early January.

Lewis was a massive underdog entering the fight having just upset Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 less than a month ago, but many believed the 31-year-old had a chance of connecting on a powerful blow and shocking the world.

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

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

We're definitely going to miss Cormier when he hangs up his gloves, which will likely take place next year.

The main event had history, if not the thrills of the earlier bouts.

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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