UFC 230: Cormier submits Lewis to defend heavyweight title


"This is a guy that went to jail as a youth, and when you go to prison as a kid, especially a young black kid, a lot of people give up on you", Cormier said. He also now holds the light heavyweight championship and was presented with two title belts after the fight. Bring that belt with you if you come to my house. I guarantee you can.

Lewis earned the shot at the title after beating Alexander Volkov barely a month ago, but his quick return to the octagon failed to pay off after he tapped out in the second round of the clash in NY.

However, former heavyweight champion Lesnar seems to be stealing the headlines, as "The Beast" is expected to be present to watch Cormier and Lewis headline UFC 230, staged at Madison Square Garden.

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.

In the event, a clinical, controlled performance from Cormier meant he retained his heavyweight strap to keep alongside his light heavyweight version, and became the first man to defend belts in two weight divisions.

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Assuming Cormier finds a way to win, his next fight will likely come down to two possible opponents: Brock Lesnar or Jon Jones.

It was a slick finish for Cormier, who locked in a rear-naked choke and Lewis coudln't fight it.

Cormier will be stripped of his light heavyweight title and the 205-pound crown will go to the victor of the Jones-Alexander Gustafsson bout at UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas. "If you have a puncher's chance, that's not enough". 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.

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 flawless punch and finished the fight with follow-up strikes in the fight's final 10 seconds.

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