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UFC 230: Daniel Cormier Submits Derrick Lewis To Remain Champion

UFC 230: Daniel Cormier Submits Derrick Lewis To Remain Champion”

Derrick Lewis loves Popeyes chicken and he could win free chicken for life if he beats Daniel Cormier on Saturday.

Daniel Cormier retained the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 230 and had some interesting words for the WWE Universal Champion. Back on their feet, Lewis landed a hard combo that backed the champion up twice, but the third attempt was blocked by Cormier.

Daniel Cormier has set a deadline for his retirement in early 2019, and that means a win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 Saturday night in NY might leave room for just one more fight in his career.

Derrick Lewis never expected to be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title; it was never his aim, nor was it something he fixated on. Cormier executed multiple takedowns, buried "The Black Beast" with suffocating top control and tore into him with short bursts of punishing ground-and-pound.

Addressing Lesnar down the camera lens with a big grin, Cormier said: "Brock Lesnar - when you come, bring that brand new WWE title so I feel like being a WWE champion, too". He will hold the light heavyweight title only until former foe Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fight for the title later this year.

But with UFC desperate for a worthy main event, Cormier was offered a payday he could not refuse. He's won eight of his last nine fights (three straight) on the strength of his significant knockout power that makes him a threat should he connected on that one devastating punch.

But Cormier has solidified himself as one of MMA's greatest fighters and most dominant wrestlers. "I get to look at this again", Cormier said.

The two middleweight contenders put on a war for the fans, but it was Souza who landed the finishing blow after Weidman shot in for a takedown late. 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.



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