Daniel Cormier makes UFC history with victory over Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier makes UFC history with victory over Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier makes UFC history with victory over Derrick Lewis

Cormier's next and final fight is expected to be a multi-million-pound showdown with Brock Lesnar, who he called out after seeing off Lewis.

Daniel Cormier has set a deadline for his retirement in early 2019, and that means a win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 Saturday night in NY might leave room for just one more fight in his career.

Derrick Lewis, right, punches Alexander Volkov during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Lewis also won and continued his ascent into contention. I always say that a lot of this fighting is not personal to me.

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.

With the the victory, Cormier has become the first man to defend both the light-heavyweight and heavyweight belts. "That's one of the reasons why I get all my confidence whenever I do fight".

And there are other factors that seem to be going against Lewis, too.

With two belts draped around his shoulders, Cormier was in typically fine form and with retirement looming, the 39-year-old doubled down on his desire to secure one last payday against the former UFC heavyweight champion and crossover pay-per-view superstar, Brock Lesnar.

And yet, here we are.

"He's just a real nice, fun-loving guy but when he gets in there, he tries to knock your head off", Cormier said.

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. "Which is insane to say in this sport".

Before campaigning in the heavyweight division in various MMA promotions, Derrick Lewis had to endure a three-year prison bid for beating a Ku Klux Klan member that accosted him with a shotgun. "It could absolutely happen". Lewis might have fewer paths to victory than Cormier, but those paths do still exist - as Cormier will tell you. In true Derrick Lewis style, he responded by saying: "That depends".

Lewis came out more aggressively in the second, threatening with strikes through the opening minute, but as soon as Cormier could close the distance, he dumped him to the canvas.

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