Derrick Lewis Says Prison, Rough Past Led To UFC Stardom

Daniel Cormier The Champion

With this win, Cormier defends his heavyweight title for the first time since securing it at UFC 226 in July. In a comical moment from the UFC 230 open workouts yesterday, Lewis was asked what he would be eating before entering the Octagon on Saturday. I have nothing to prove against Daniel Cormier.

Cormier won the heavyweight crown when he flattened Stipe Miocic, a bout that ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage.

The victory keeps up Cormier's remarkable unbeaten career record at heavyweight, which now stands at 15 fights, and moves him to 22-1 overall, with 1 no contest.

Expected to remain out of the cage until next year, the 39-year-old two-time Olympian and two-division champion accepted the opportunity to compete at "The Mecca" in Manhattan, risking his place atop the division and everything he's worked for in order to further cement his legacy.

Once the fight was on the ground, Cormier stayed in complete control by keeping Lewis down and then just hammering away with punches.

After an electric undercard, it was down to the "Double Champ" and the challenger with nothing to lose, closing out the show with the heavyweight title hanging in the balance.

Cormier took Lewis down within the first minute and he didn't have to work hard for the takedown. Lewis may have all the heart in the world, but that doesn't tend to be much help against a fighter as skilled as Cormier.

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"I've got into the octagon into this quicker before I made it into UFC", Lewis said.

The tap came at 2:14 into the second round as Cormier jumped up to celebrate the first defense of his heavyweight title.

"It's history, baby", he told Joe Rogan afterwards.

As if you needed reminding, Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest of all time.

"Everything he did had unbelievable power, what a guy Derrick Lewis is". I've beaten him twice.

Quoted on the UFC website, Cormier said after the fight: 'There are no surprises with me.

Assuming Cormier finds a way to win, his next fight will likely come down to two possible opponents: Brock Lesnar or Jon Jones. So me challenging Daniel Cormier would be making it a personal thing.

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