Daniel Cormier retains his UFC heavyweight title with win over Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier is unbeaten in 14 heavyweight fights

Daniel Cormier made history at UFC 230 in NY on Saturday as he became the first fighter to successfully defend a title belt in multiple weight classes after he submitted Derrick Lewis in the second round of their title fight, courtesy of a rear naked choke.

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

Daniel Cormier almost withdrew from UFC 230 just hours before his scheduled main event title fight with Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis.

Cormier (21-1, 1 no-contest) fights for now as both the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champ, though his days as a dual champion are numbered no matter the outcome against Lewis.

Lewis didn't get back up again.

Cormier landed four takedowns and was rarely troubled as he made the first defence of the 265-pound title he won off Stipe Miocic earlier in the year.

Cormier taps Lewis in the 2nd round! Wow!

Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar, has consistently been one of the five biggest draws in the history of MMA, and there was already heat building for a showdown with Cormier after they had an in-cage altercation back at UFC 226 in July.

"Two belts for each shoulder!"

"Bring that belt with you when you come to my house", said Cormier, who has vowed to retire at age 40.

In the co-main event, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza earned a stunning third-round knockout win over hometown favourite Chris Weidman in a fight of the night contender. Whether it takes place in the Octagon or the squared circle - or both it looks like only time will tell but things could get very interesting in this situation. Cormier said. "Thank you for blessing me Dana White, I thought I was just getting one. I just like to have a good time and I like to make people laugh".

With his victory last Friday, Lesnar became the first man to win the Universal Championship twice - three months after his record-setting title reign ended at the hands of Roman Reigns.

On a possible heavyweight fight: "I would fight "DC" at heavyweight, but I feel I have nothing to prove".

He just needs one punch, and even if we've said that before all-too-recently, that doesn't mean it's impossible.

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

Latest News