Daniel Cormier will put his UFC heavyweight title on the line against fan favorite Derrick Lewis in the UFC 230 main event at Madison Square Garden.
MMA Fighting confirmed the initial report of ESPN.
It was expected that Cormier (21-1, 1 NC), also the current UFC light heavyweight champion, will challenge former champion Brock Lesnar in 2019. However, as the marquee card desperately needed a main event, the UFC squeezed the trigger reserving it against Lewis.
In his most recent bout, the former US Olympic wrestling captain dethroned Stipe Miocic with a first round knockout in his champion-against-champion bout at UFC 226 in July. Before that, fans saw “DC” defend their light heavyweight crown with a second-round TKO over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 in January 2018. To date, the only setbacks in Cormier’s professional career have come at the hands of former champion Jon Jones. .
Lewis (21-5, 1 NC) is coming off an exciting knockout victory over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229. During scrap, fans saw “The Black Beast” defeated for 14 and a half minutes before landing. Volkav’s chin at the end of the final round. This victory marked his tenth victory by knockout in the octagon, which links him to Cain Velasquez for the most amount of all time in the history of the UFC heavyweight.
With the addition of this fight for the heavyweight title, here is how the full card shapes up:
It should also be noted that a female flyweight title between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks had been tentatively scheduled for the main event.
The entire event will be held on November 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.