Daniel “DC” Cormier goes up against Derrick Lewis in what shapes to be a brutal contest.
Cormier is defending his title for the first time and is only one of two fighters in the UFC to ever hold two bets simultaneously, with the other being Conor McGregor.
Lewis is no easy beat though and possesses one of the hardest punches in the division. This one could go down to the wire!
- Lewis has won nine of his past 10 fights – seven of those by KO/TKO
- Cormier lands 53 per cent of his strikes at distance and 25 per cent in the clinch
- Cormier has won by KO on 10 occasions
Daniel “DC” Cormier (21-1-0) is looking to successfully defend his Heavyweight belt for the very first time when he enters the octagon against Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis at UFC 230.
Cormier, who is also the Light Heavyweight Champion, won the Heavyweight strap in July at UFC 226. He knocked out the long-standing champion in Stipe Miocic in the first round, becoming just the second fighter in the UFC, behind Conor McGregor, to hold two belts in two different weight divisions.
For his first Heavyweight title defence, he has a tough opponent in Derrick Lewis (21-5-0).
Many people look at Lewis and because of his physique, think he would get cleaned up pretty quickly. Don’t be fooled, he has some incredible power behind his punches and you certainly wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of them. In his 21 MMA victories, 18 of those have come by way of knockout. He has put some of the heaviest hitters to sleep including Alexander Volkov, Marcin Tybura, Travis Browne, Shamil Abdurakhimov and many more.
In terms of advantages in this fight, Lewis is four inches taller than Cormier and has a seven-inch reach advantage. Cormier’s toughest challenge will be trying to survive the early onslaught and closing the distance without getting tagged. Cormier, however, has a very good gas tank compared to Lewis.
Weidman was originally scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold, however, multiple injuries to Rockhold forced him to withdraw. Souza was already scheduled to fight David Branch at UFC 230 but accepted the offer to step up and challenge Weidman.
This is a great fight to look forward to. Both men are Jiu-Jitsu champions and they are equally as good in the striking department.
- Weidman boasts an MMA record of 14-3-0 with six wins by knockout, four by submission and four by decision. Jacare, on the other hand, is a veteran in the sport holding an MMA record of 25-6-0, seven wins by knockout, 14 by submission and four by decision.
- In terms of betting, Weidman is currently the favourite with bookmakers. He heads into this bout off the back of a third-round submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum, the same opponent Jacare lost to in his last bout at UFC 224 via split decision.
If this fight goes to the ground, you can expect to see high quality grappling but if it stays on the feet, you will definitely see some exciting exchanges.