Cormier Makes History, Defends Heavyweight Belt

Daniel Cormier

Derrick Lewis, right, punches Alexander Volkov during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

Cormier exerted his authority from the outset, with most of the opening action confined to the ground after the champ secured a takedown against a disappointing Lewis at the first attempt. I have nothing to prove against Daniel Cormier.

Quickly passing his opponent's defense, Cormier took the back and immediately locked up a rear naked choke and within a split second it was clear that Lewis wasn't breaking free.

While his biggest UFC moments had come in the 205-pound weight class, two-thirds of Cormier's 21 career victories have come at heavyweight, with his championship win at UFC 226 pushing his record to an incredible 14-0 overall in the big boy division. Like seriously. We got some pictures that we may release later in the week.

"Bring that belt if you're going to come to my house".

Brock Lesnar took a step back from WWE after he dropped the Universal Title at SummerSlam to focus on MMA training, but The Beast became the Universal Champion once again when he defeated Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel on Friday.

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UFC President Dana White spoke with ESPN's Brett Okamoto after Saturday night's UFC 230 event. 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.

Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice.

A series of big strikes prompted to Lewis to give up his back and Cormier manhandled him on the mat, turning him back over to land more heavy shots before the end of the opening round.

Lewis landed a nice combo 30 seconds into the second round and even tried a switch kick as he stepped up the aggression. Weidman appeared to be in control of the fight through the first two frames.

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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