The UFC230: Live in New York City on Saturday for UFC 230 fight, and even though the headlining bout between two-division champion Daniel Cornier and Derrick Lewis was hastily assembled, that doesn’t mean it’s not a high-stakes matchup.
Cormier, who holds both the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts, has the remainder of his career pretty well planned out, but if he loses his heavyweight crown to Lewis, those plans could change. A Lewis win could also have a trickle-down effect on the 205-pound division.
While the heavyweight title bout has garnered the most attention, it would be a mistake to overlook the four other contests on the pay-per-view portion of this card. Each of those bouts is a middleweight matchup, which means there could be some serious movement in the 185-pound division by the end of the event. Those fights include the co-headlining scrap between ex-champ Chris Weidman and former Strikeforce kingpin Ronaldo Souza.
UFC 230 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 230 weigh-in results you will see under bellow.
Two fights at UFC 230 have now been changed to catchweight bouts, as both Sijara Eubanks and Brian Kelleher missed weight for their fights tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
Eubanks missed the 125-pound mark for her scheduled women’s flyweight fight against Roxanne Modafferi tomorrow night, stepping on the scale on Friday 1.2 pounds over the flyweight limit at 127.2 pounds. The 33-year-old has had weight-cutting related issues in the past, suffering kidney failure while trying to make weight for her women’s flyweight title fight against Nicco Montano last November, and was replaced by Modafferi.
It’s a rare for miss for Kelleher, who during his current stint in the UFC has never had a problem making the bantamweight limit. He weighed in one-pound over the 135-pound limit for his fight against Montel Jackson, and much like Eubanks he will have to forfeit 20% of his fight purse to his opponent. Kelleher last fought at UFC 212 in May, losing to John Lineker by third round knockout.
UFC 230 takes place tomorrow night, November 3rd, at Madison Square Garden. A heavyweight title fight between current champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Derrick Lewis will headline the card.
Here are some reasons to watch the event:
1. The opportunity to play the spoiler
At UFC 230, Lewis could throw two divisions into disarray. If Lewis (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC), who is the No. 5 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings topples Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who is the No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, the UFC is going to have to do some quick thinking. You see, the promotion is planning on stripping Cormier of his 205-pound crown and awarding it to the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson fight scheduled for UFC 232 in December. The promotion is also planning to book Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title sometime in early January. If Lewis pulls the upset win in New York, those plans could be in jeopardy, something Cormier himself noted when discussing this matchup.
A cynic could say the UFC took a calculated risk in booking this fight and assumed that Cormier would continue his unbeaten run of 14 fights in the heavyweight division. And you know what, the odds strongly favor that take, as Cormier is listed as high as a -850 favorite over Lewis, who comes in as a +550 underdog.
That’s not to say Lewis can’t play spoiler. After all, he has claimed 10 of his 21 career victories by way of knockout, but he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Cormier one of the best fighters ever, only one man has ever defeated him, and that man, Jon Jones, happens to be considered by many as THE best fighter in MMA history.