UFC 230: Cormier submits Lewis to defend heavyweight title

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Daniel Cormier almost withdrew from UFC 230 just hours before he was scheduled to fight Derrick Lewis.

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.

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. Lewis adds that Cormier did exactly what he expected him to do, but just couldn't capitalize on it. You know when you're scared to get on the scale and you're like, 'I'm going to wear my clothes to try to lie to myself to try to say I got 10lbs of clothes on.' I weighed 260lbs, the day after Thanksgiving.

Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest) had a quick takedown in the first and turned in a dominant yet tiresome effort to easily take the round.

Once the fight was on the ground, Cormier stayed in complete control by keeping Lewis down and then just hammering away with punches. Like seriously. We got some pictures that we may release later in the week.

UFC President Dana White has said he wanted a Lesnar-Cormier bout signed for next year, a showcase that would surely be the biggest ever for heavyweights.

On a possible heavyweight fight: "I would fight "DC" at heavyweight, but I feel I have nothing to prove".

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Cormier will now reportedly fight former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in 2019.

"Bring that belt with you when you come to my house", said Cormier, who has vowed to retire at age 40.

White also mentioned that he hasn't talked to Lesnar in a while and confirmed that he has no idea when the fight against Daniel Cormier will happen.

Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice. "The Black Beast" reflects on a whirlwind last three months for him and how he was mentally draining for him.

Lewis did manage to work his way back up for a split second but Cormier was quick to toss him back down to the canvas again.

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