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

Danny Woods
November 4, 2018

"Brock Lesnar, when you come then bring that brand new WWE title because I feel like being a WWE champion too", Cormier said in his post-fight interview.

Lesnar made headlines when he entered the cage and shoved Cormier following Cormier's win over Miocic at UFC 226.

"Two belts for each shoulder!"

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

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. In the second round, "DC" tripped Lewis to the mat, attached himself to the monstrous 6-foot-3, 264-pound Texan's back and cinched the choke, cutting of all possible means of escape.

"I think a lot of people have to understand, I've been doing this for nine years and I've been fighting at a championship level for eight of them", Cormier stated.

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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 adds that Cormier did exactly what he expected him to do, but just couldn't capitalize on it.

Cormier and Lesnar have been linked to fight each other since they scuffled inside the cage following Cormier's victory over Stipe Miocic earlier this year, and the championship bout seems all but confirmed following a dominant win by Cormier against Derrick Lewis in NY. Ifyou come in here with a puncher's chance, it's not enough. Lewis believes if the fight went a few minutes longer it would've been a different result.

From there, Cormier climbed around to Lewis' back and quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke, clamping down on the squeeze and forcing "The Black Beast" to tap out. Lewis took up mixed martial arts shortly after his release and used his big right hand to ascend to a title shot. You have to be one of the best in the world to be able to compete.

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.

In the co-main event, Brazilian veteran Jacare Souza stunned home favorite Chris Weidman with a third-round TKO win in their middleweight contest.

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