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

Cristina Cross
November 4, 2018

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 landed four takedowns and was rarely troubled as he made the first defence of the 265-pound title he won off Stipe Miocic earlier in the year. All he needed to do in order to complete his improbable climb to the top was get through Daniel Cormier.

Cormier outclassed Derrick Lewis with his wrestling ability and took Lewis to the ground several times over two rounds, eventually finishing Lewis with a rear naked choke. But Cormier is making him wait a little bit for the title.

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It was arguably one of the most straightforward wins of the 39-year-old's recent UFC career, as he extended his undefeated record as a heavyweight.

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Daniel Cormier is hoping to return to the octagon at UFC 235 in March of 2019 for a fight with former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. I think when you get into doing things that have never been done before that ensure I will always be thought of when you think about the greatest fighters of all time.

Then came his instant classic post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, and if you didn't know who Lewis was before, you probably did after that performance.

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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Lewis fought on that same UFC 229 card as McGregor and Nurmagomedov, and was getting thoroughly beaten by Alexander Volkov for nearly the entire three rounds that they fought before he landed a ideal punch and finished the fight with follow-up strikes in the fight's final 10 seconds. The co-headliner saw a middleweight barnburner between Chris Weidman and "Jacare" Souza, with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend knocking out the former champ.

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