The Heavyweight Title Is On The Line At MSG
Not even three days have passed since the biggest knockout of his career and Derrick Lewis already has another fight lined up. On November 3rd, Lewis will square off with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden. Just a few days ago, at UFC 229, Lewis was losing a majority of the bout against Alexander Volkov but all that changed with one punch.
With less than 30 seconds to go in the fight, Lewis dropped Volkov then followed him down to the canvas, landing vicious ground-and-pound before knocking him out with just eleven seconds to go in the fight. If there’s one thing more impressive than Lewis’ knockout, it’s his interview with Joe Rogan after the fight.
The gift that keeps on giving 🎁
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2018
Lewis (21-5-1) has won 9 of his last 10 with 7 of those 9 victories being knockouts/TKO’s. Lewis will now face the toughest fight in his career in Cormier, who also currently holds the light heavyweight championship. Cormier is known for his cardio, whereas Lewis has struggled in that area. Cormier (21-1-1) won the heavyweight belt at UFC 226 when he knocked out then-champion Stipe Miocic in the first round.
The two heavyweights were both on UFC 226 and started a little rivalry over, Popeyes chicken.
Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis are now headlining UFC 230.
— ESPN (@espn) October 9, 2018
The much anticipated main event for UFC 230 is everything fans were waiting for, but just hours after the fight was announced, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news that one of the fighters from the co-main event was forced to pull out due to an injury.
Breaking: Dustin Poirier has suffered an undisclosed injury, per multiple sources. He is off UFC 230 co-main event against Nate Diaz in New York.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 10, 2018
It’s unknown who will replace Poirier to fight Diaz or if Diaz (19-11) will be staying on the card. Diaz is scheduled to make his return to the octagon for the first time since he lost a decision to Conor McGregor at UFC 202.