Daniel Cormier

UFC 230: Daniel Cormier chokes out Derrick Lewis

DC defends light heavyweight and heavyweight belts for first time in UFC history

Daniel Cormier (22-1-0, 1NC) became the first man to defend the light heavyweight and heavyweight belts at UFC 230 with a convincing submission win over Derrick Lewis (21-6-0, 1NC) in the main event.

Lewis, the massive underdog, tried to use kicks and catch Cormier coming in on takedown attempts but only landed a clipping blow the whole night. Meanwhile, Cormier took “The Black Beast” down at will and took the starch out of him with his wrestling. It was a relatively quick night of work for the champ and he confirmed his appreciation of that in the post-fight interview.

The victory now pushes Cormier toward the money fight with Brock Lesnar, scheduled for next year.

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Chris Weidman and Ronaldo Souza secured Fight of the Night, while Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier had performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

ADAM WIECZOREK VS. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA

WINNER: MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA VIA UD 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ADAM WIECZOREK VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Rogerio De Lima took the starch out of Adam with his strikes and takedowns. And that was that.

BRIAN KELLEHER VS. MONTEL JACKSON 

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WINNER: BOUT PULLED DUE TO KELLEHER ILLNESS

SHANE BURGOS VS. KURT HOLOBAUGH

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WINNER: SHANE BURGOS VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHANE BURGOS VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Burgos looked like he was going to get grounded and pounded, but pulled out the armbar to make Holobaugh tap. Very nice!

MATT FREVOLA VS. LANDO VANETTA 

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (29-28, 28-28, 28-28) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LANDO VANETTA VIA UD

Andrews: Both guys threw defence out the window and concentrated on their offence. Entertaining fight but both guys need to work on their defence if they want to compete with the top of the division.

TSN 3 PRELIMS 

LYMAN GOOD VS. BEN SAUNDERS

WINNER: LYMAN GOOD VIA TKO R1 1:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LYMAN GOOD VIA TKO

Andrews: Saunders didn’t look good at the weigh-in and Good caught him early before he could get going. Good win for Good.

JULIO ARCE VS. SHEYMON MORAES

WINNER: JULIO ARCE VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JULIO ARCE VIA UD

Andrews: Moraes confidence from the weigh-ins helped.  What was up with the 30-26 score though?

#4 SIJARA EUBANKS VS. #7 ROXANNE MODAFFERI 

WINNER: SIJARA EUBANKS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SIJARA EUBANKS VIA UD 

Andrews: As expected, Eubanks used her weight advantage and grappling to stifle Modaferri. But she still missed weight.

JASON KNIGHT VS. JORDAN RINALDI 

WINNER: JORDAN RINALDI VIA D (30-27, 30-25, 30-26) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JORDAN RINALDI VIA UD

Andrews: Rinaldi used his experience as expected to temper the determination of Knight. Good win.

MAIN CARD

#6 DEREK BRUNSON VS. #9 ISRAEL ADESANYA

WINNER: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 4:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA UD

Andrews: That was impressive. Adesanya looked like Anderson Silva out there. Well done.

KARL ROBERSON VS. JACK MARSHMAN

WINNER: KARL ROBERSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KARL ROBERSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Roberson used some crisp counters and strikes to damage Marshman, while avoiding damage himself. Good win, but needs to work on advancing position after the takedown.

#7 DAVID BRANCH VS. JARED CANNONIER 

WINNER: JARED CANNONIER VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 0:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAVID BRANCH VIA UD

Andrews: Branch was doing good with the takedowns until eating the right hand and getting knocked down. Good win for the Killa Gorilla.

#3 CHRIS WEIDMAN VS. #5 RONALDO SOUZA 

 

WINNER: RONALDO SOUZA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 2:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHRIS WEIDMAN VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Weidman started out fast, but Souza turned the switch somewhere in the second round and with body and liver shots, crumpled Weidman with a big shot to the temple. Zombie mode is real.

MAIN EVENT

DANIEL CORMIER VS. #2 DERRICK LEWIS 

 

WINNER: DANIEL CORMIER VIA SUBMISSION R2 2:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIEL CORMIER VIA TKO 

Andrews: DC made it look easy. Took him down, and locked in the choke.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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