Cormier submits Lewis in second to retain heavyweight title
In the main event of UFC 230 in New York, NY double champion Daniel Cormier submitted Derrick Lewis in the second round to retain his heavyweight title. Cormier is the first athlete ever to hold consecutively and defend two titles.
The playbook on defeating Derrick Lewis is simple: Avoid that big right hand.
It’s simple on paper, at least. In practice, it has turned out to be a lot more difficult for many a Lewis opponent in the UFC, as “The Black Beast” won nine out of 10 fights to get to a title shot at UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
But that’s where the Cinderella story came to its conclusion. Cormier never let Lewis even get into position to land one of his big knockout blows on Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Cormier used his Olympic-level wresting to smother Lewis and wait for an opening for a rear-naked choke, which he used to finish UFC 230’s main event at the 2:14 mark of the second round.
Official Result: Daniel Cormier defeated. Derrick Lewis by Submission (RNC, Round 2, 2:14)
Round 1 – Cormier sets up at distance, and Lewis opens with a kick to the body. Lewis kicks the lead leg, as well. Cormier answers with a similar strike. High kick from Lewis blocked. Cormier shoots inside and gets deep on a single. Lewis tries to press down the head, but he’s on his back relatively quickly. Lewis trying to tie things up underneath. Cormier very high up the body despite being in his opponent’s half-guard. Short punches and elbows coming in. Lewis trying to control the wrists. Finally, he decides to just stand, turning to his knees and then rising. Cormier stays tight to the body and eventually turns to a single-leg once again, easily pulling Lewis to the floor. Cormier grinding his arm across Lewis’ face and controlling his wrists. Cormier fires a few big punches. Lewis turns and tries to rise, but Cormier drags him back to the floor. Big punches coming from Cormier in the final minute. Lewis turns to a knee. Round ends there. MMAjunkie gives it to Cormier, 10-9.
Round 2 – Lewis looks for an uppercut, but it’s stuffed. He unleashes a big right that Cormier just avoids. Big kick from Lewis. Cormier trying to get inside, and Lewis just misses a big right hand. Cormier inside on a single and dumps Lewis to the floor. Lewis immediately pops back up to his feet. Cormier has control of the neck and snaps him down before picking the ankle and tripping Lewis to his back. Lewis turns to get up, and Cormier happily jumps on the back. The choke is in tight. Lewis reaches back but can’t find the hand, and he has to tap. Dominant work from Cormier.