Daniel vs Derrick : In UFC 230 – Derrick Lewis says if he knocks out Daniel Cormier, it would be ‘disrespectful’ to rest of UFC heavyweight division.Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis staredown video from UFC 230 media day.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, came face-to-face with top heavyweight contender, Derrick Lewis, at the conclusion of the UFC 230 media day, held this afternoon (Thurs., Nov. 1, 2018) in New York City to promote this Saturday night’s title fight inside Madison Square Garden.
Cormier and Lewis agreed to get rowdy on super short notice after the promotion exhausted its list of available champions, leaving the “Big Apple” fight card without a marquee headliner. Dana White and Co. tried to sneak one by us, but mixed martial arts (MMA) fans weren’t having it.
Rewind! UFC 230 Open Workout Video
The winner is expected to face Brock Lesnar for the 265-pound title in early 2019, assuming the pro wrestling import can keep the pesky folks at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) off his “jacked” back between now and then.
In the UFC 230 co-main event, former middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, will be testing his submission defense against fellow top contender Ronaldo Souza, also a late-notice match up after Luke Rockhold was forced to withdraw.
UFC 230 weigh-in results: Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis official, Sijara Eubanks misses
NEW YORK, NY — Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis weighed in with no issues as their heavyweight title fight at UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden was made official.
The champ-champ came in at 251.2 lb, while Lewis weighed in just under the 265-pound limit at 264.6 lb.
Cormier was just over five pounds heavier than he was at the UFC 226 weigh-ins as he seems to edge further away from the light heavyweight division’s 205-limit, where he still holds the belt.
In the co-main event, Chris Weidman and Jacare Souza both made weight, while Kiwi Israel Adesanya’s bout with Derek Brunson is set to go ahead.
Sijara Eubanks, who had the main event taken away from her when Cormier v Lewis was announced, missed weight, as well as Brian Kelleher; the only two to do so.
FULL WEIGH-IN RESULTS
Daniel Cormier (251.2 lb) vs. Derrick Lewis (264.6) – heavyweight title
Chris Weidman (186) vs. Ronaldo Souza (185.4) – light heavyweight title
David Branch (185.6) vs. Jared Cannonier (184.8)
Karl Roberson (184.6) vs. Jack Marshman (185.4)
Derek Brunson (185.8) vs. Israel Adesanya (184.8)
Jason Knight (145.8) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (145.8)
Sijara Eubanks (127.2) * vs. Roxanne Modafferi (124.8)
Julio Arce (145) vs. Sheymon Moraes (146)
Lyman Good (169.6) vs. Ben Saunders (170.4)
Matt Frevola (155.4) vs. Lando Vannata (155.4)
Shane Burgos (145.6) vs. Kurt Holobaugh (145)
Brian Kelleher (137) * vs. Montel Jackson (136)
Adam Wieczorek (232.2) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (253.2)
NEW YORK — At UFC 230 media day, Derrick Lewis discusses his new Popeye’s sponsorship, his tough times being in prison, his prediction of an armbar against Daniel Cormier, what a KO of DC would mean to the division and more.
The UFC heavyweight title will be on the line when the promotion returns to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230.
In a somewhat unexpected booking, the UFC inked a matchup between heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and No. 2 ranked contender Derrick Lewis shortly after Lewis knocked out Alexander Volkov on Oct. 6. After that come from behind victory, Lewis, when asked about a potential fight with Cormier, said, “(Expletive) what you talking about right now. I ain’t trying to fight for no title right now, not with no gas tank like that.” As for Cormier, he broke his hand in his title-winning fight against Stipe Miocic in July and recently admitted that he couldn’t fully make a fist with that limb.
In the co-main event, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman meets long-time top contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a 185-pound scrap.
Before the fighters step into the octagon on Saturday, Nov. 3, they will hit the scales. The ceremonial weigh-ins take place on Friday. The first fighter is set to hit the scale at 6 p.m. ET.
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DERRICK LEWIS SAYS HAVING SEX WILL PREPARE HIM FOR UFC 230 FIGHT VS. DANIEL CORMIER
Derrick Lewis is making full use of his famously “hot balls” to prepare for his heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier on Saturday.
The fan favorite knockout artist, who holds a professional MMA record of 21-5, claimed that he’s been having more sex to improve his cardio ahead of UFC 230.
“Right now I’m a 2X. Usually I’m a 3X but I’m slimming down a little bit so I’m a 2X,” Lewis said on The Rich Eisen Show.
“I’ve been doing nothing but cardio. Even the sex. The sex really been helping my hips.”
Staying limber against a supremely skilled former Olympic wrestler like Cormier will undoubtedly help Lewis when the fight inevitably goes to the ground.
“I know Cormier is a wrestler so you really got to get them hips down on him, so I’ve been working them hips really good.”
Lewis went on to say that he’s testing the dispelled myth that sex before competition hurts performance.
“A couple of times, I had sex the same day as I fought,” he said.
“Just to see if that myth was right, and it wasn’t right. But I was sleepy afterwards but I still had the energy though.”
As Bro Bible notes, “The Black Beast” is roundly regarded as one of the most entertaining athletes in the UFC. Following his last-minute knockout of Alexander Volkov at UFC 229, Lewis famously took off his trunks, and an immortal MMA meme was born.
When color commentator Joe Rogan asked why he stripped down to his compression shorts, Lewis’ response was even more legendary than his performance.
Rogan kept it professional at the time, saying, “I understand.” But after the clip went viral, the comedian later wore a shirt sporting Lewis’ now-classic line on episode #1190 of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
“Thanks to @joerogan for wearing my shirt today on the show,” Lewis wrote on Instagram.
Mentioning his gonads during a live PPV event wasn’t even the most hilarious soundbite Lewis has thrown out during an Octagon interview. After his third-round knockout of Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126 earlier this year, he said this:
“I’m going to try and rest up a little bit so I can be strong in the fourth round with (my wife). I’m going to knock it out of the box. To my baby, April, better get ready girl, I’m going deep!”
And then there was his condemnation of now-retired fighter Travis Browne. After he slept Ronda Rousey’s husband at Fight Night 105 last year, Lewis spoke openly about Browne’s history of domestic abuse.
“I appreciate it, I appreciated [the referee] letting the fight go a little longer than what it should. I just wanted to get my anger out on Travis’ face because he likes to hit on women. So I appreciate him for doing that. I keep it real.”