Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Derrick Lewis Says Prison, Rough Past Led To UFC Stardom

Derrick Lewis Says Prison, Rough Past Led To UFC Stardom

"I hurt it this morning bad", Cormier told reporters, including MMAjunkie, post-fight at UFC 230.

On Saturday, Lewis will be fighting for a championship only 28 days later against a guy, in Cormier, who holds the belt in both the heavyweight and light-heavyweight divisions. I guarantee you can.

"It's history baby! Like my man Jon Anik said, history in the making, Daniel Cormier, one of the greatest of all-time".

He backed up his boast with authority in NY.

Daniel Cormier defended his heavyweight title with a dominant second-round submission victory over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in NY.

From there, Cormier climbed around to Lewis' back and quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke, clamping down on the squeeze and forcing "The Black Beast" to tap out.

Cormier had a quick takedown in the first round and turned in a dominant yet tiresome effort to easily take the round.

For the second time in as many appearances at MSG, Chris Weidman was finished, falling to Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza via TKO in the third round in the co-main event.

The win solidifies Cormier as the best heavyweight in the sport and now he's ready for his showdown against former champion Brock Lesnar, who is expected to make his return to the Octagon in early 2019.

Addressing Lesnar down the camera lens with a big grin, Cormier said: "Brock Lesnar - when you come, bring that brand new WWE title so I feel like being a WWE champion, too".

Daniel Cormier retained the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 230 and had some interesting words for the WWE Universal Champion. Let's go, let's go Brock.

The heavyweight champ even managed to plant a big kiss on Rogan for good measure. What Lewis didn't expect was a call to fight Cormier for the belt in less than a month's time.

"When I was on ESPN yesterday, they thought it was absolutely impossible that Derrick Lewis wins this fight", said UFC president Dana White. The WWE superstar showed up to confront Cormier at UFC 226 back in July, and a Cormier-Lesnar main event has the potential to be a major draw for UFC.

Lesnar is now in the USADA testing pool and will be clear to return to the octagon in early January.

Derrick Lewis, right, punches Alexander Volkov during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

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