Cormier defeats Lewis to retain heavyweight crown

Lewis' Brilliant Response When Asked What He Eats Before Fights

Lewis' Brilliant Response When Asked What He Eats Before Fights

"I just had to stay longer in the gym". But with that being said, the unorthodox fighting style backed by walloping punches may just make the cut for Derrick Lewis.

But Lewis (21-5) showed he's no chicken when comes to accepting title fights on short notice: He's fighting Cormier for the belt Saturday at Madison Square Garden just one month after knockout win at UFC 229.

Cormier understands this as well as anyone, and as Lewis has continued to talk himself down and brush off his chances at victory, Cormier has spoken up. Did you get ripped off in the DC fight as well?

On paper, Cormier facing Lesnar would be a bigger fight in terms of paycheck, but getting one more shot to avenge his prior loss to Jones represents a massive legacy fight. Then on October 9, the UFC announced that Daniel Cormier would defend the heavyweight title against No. 2-ranked Derrick Lewis.

Cormier has shaken off two one-sided defeats to archrival Jon Jones to become one of the five finest fighters in UFC history. He broke his right hand in the Miocic fight and had been posturing for a potential fight against former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

Cormier was a significant betting favorite going into Saturday, and it was clear why. Cormier backs him up to the cage and flips him to the canvas.

"Isn't it unbelievable that it took 10 years (to get the recognition), but it is what it is", Cormier said Thursday from media day for UFC 230, which he is headlining with a heavyweight title defence against Derrick Lewis.

Volkov had won the first two rounds at a canter and was seconds away from winning the third, too.

Fans might want to see what would happen if Cormier and Jones faced off in Cormier's natural weight-class, but Jones simply isn't interested in besting his rival one last time. If Lewis wins, it will be because of his skill and not Cormier taking him lightly. "Brock isn't going to mess around with you". "In that cell, you tell yourself a lot of things".

With a California State Wrestling Tournament being the prime focus at the beginning of the year for Cormier, will he, in fact, fight Brock Lesnar on January 26th, 2019?

Their chicken challenge goes back to July when the fighters shared the dais after they both fought on the same pay-per-view card. In true Derrick Lewis style, he responded by saying: "That depends". There's something different about him and that's why I know what's in front of me this weekend. Let me take care of this and I will come to you afterward. But pay very close attention to who he really is. "I'm an optimistic guy".

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