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

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

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

The WWE superstar won the UFC heavyweight title in remarkable fashion back in 2008 in only his fourth professional fight when he stopped UFC legend Randy Couture at UFC 91. "Like my man Jon Anik says, 'History in the making".

Former kickboxer Roberson, on the back of suffering his first pro defeat against Cezar Ferreira at UFC 224, set the tone in the first round, attempting an early head kick which was blocked by Marshman.

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. "Everything he did had incredible power". White was asked if Brock Lesnar is going to be Daniel Cormier's next opponent. Bring that belt with you if you come to my house, ' said Cormier at Madison Square Garden.

Cormier beat Anthony Johnson in 2015 to win the light heavyweight title and defended it against the likes of Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Oezdemir. The champ maintained top position as the MSG crowd grew restless. Lewis was able to get right back up, though still pressed against the cage.

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It was a surprising pairing, but one that carried a ton of intrigue, as Lewis has shown that he's never out of a fight and Cormier's competitive instincts propelled him into the cage with the risky knockout artist when many others would have opted to remain on the sidelines until 2019. While Lewis instantly worked back to this feet, Cormier snapped him to the canvas with a headlock, then picked the ankle to keep him grounded as the challenger looked to scramble free. Lewis turned his back to Cormier and he secured his neck and forced a tap via a rear-naked choke.

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

Referee Herb Dean stopped the action with nine seconds left in the round.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza connected on a flush right hand to the temple to knock out Chris Weidman in the third round in a battle of two fighters who both badly needed a victory.

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