Cormier defeats Lewis to retain heavyweight crown

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In a clinical performance which badly exposed the gap in class and technical ability between the two fighters, Cormier made the first defense of his heavyweight title on Saturday via second-round submission in the main event of UFC 230.

Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier are 2 guys who seem destined to fight in the UFC at this point.

And why not? This will not go down as one of the best UFC headliners this year, but Cormier will go down as one of the best fighters ever, and there's no question he's on borrowed time.

After the fight, Joe Rogan asked Cormier what he thought about a potential showdown with 41-year-old Brock Lesnar.

Cormier won the heavyweight crown when he flattened Stipe Miocic, a bout that ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage. "If Daniel Cormier wants to come back down to light heavyweight, he'll challenge one of the contenders for my belt".

"Two belts, one on each shoulder baby!"

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"Brock Lesnar, when you come bring that brand new WWE title", the champ said, moments after his victory. "I feel like being the WWE Champion too".

Jones' comments were put to Cormier in the post-fight press conference and he didn't shy away from lambasting his rival over his failed drug tests, the most recent of which detected traces of the banned anabolic steroid Turainbol in his system.

Cormier gave Lewis a wrestling lesson at Madison Square Garden and encountered little resistance before forcing Lewis to tap out to a rear naked choke in the second round. "Don't think for a second I'm making pennies when I fight Jones, 'cause both of our pay-per-views have done over 800,000 buys". Cormier executed multiple takedowns, buried "The Black Beast" with suffocating top control and tore into him with short bursts of punishing ground-and-pound.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza connected on a flush right hand to the temple to knock out Chris Weidman in the third round in a battle of two fighters who both badly needed a victory.

"I told him a long time ago, 'If you're my champion the rest of my career, I'm cool with that, '" White said. "You have to be one of the best in the world to even compete".

In other middleweight action, rising star Israel Adesanya remained unbeaten by knocking out Derek Brunson in the first round.