Derrick Lewis breaks down loss vs. Daniel Cormier | UFC 230

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

Daniel Cormier made sure he'd be leaving Madison Square Garden in New York City with at least one title still around his waist. "I don't know why they haven't had Brock talking in years because he is good at it", Cormier said.

As if you needed reminding, Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest of all time.

Daniel Cormier retained his UFC heavyweight title with a submission victory over Derrick Lewis.

Quickly passing his opponent's defense, Cormier took the back and immediately locked up a rear naked choke and within a split second it was clear that Lewis wasn't breaking free. Easy night for Cormier.

"Brock and I haven't talked in a little while". That's why Cormier says in reality a fight against Jones should be bigger-it's actually two of the top fighters in the history of the sport clashing for the third time.

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

"History in the making".

Daniel Cormier becomes the first double division champion to defend both belts!

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"When I was on ESPN yesterday, they thought it was absolutely impossible that Derrick Lewis wins this fight", said UFC president Dana White.

Brock Lesnar took a step back from WWE after he dropped the Universal Title at SummerSlam to focus on MMA training, but The Beast became the Universal Champion once again when he defeated Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel on Friday.

Back in July, Cormier scored a stunning first-round knockout win over Stipe Miocic to claim the heavyweight title, becoming the first man to hold the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles simultaneously. He also said the only fight he would be open to at 205 pounds would be a rematch with Jon Jones, the only man to ever defeat him, provided Jones defeats Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on December 29.

Cormier's next challenger will surely give him a better fight than Lewis.

Lewis (21-6) served 3 1/2 years in prison in his early 20s stemming from a parole violation when he was charged with aggravated assault shortly after high school.

Derrick Lewis is living on cloud nine right now.

Cormier was a bit of a surprise main eventer in a card that has been shuffled because of injuries and the dire need to find a quality main event at MSG.

Souza and Weidman were engaged in a brutal slugfest that kept both fighters on their feet for most of the first 2½ rounds. Souza endured and landed a thunderous right hand midway through the final round that sent Weidman crashing to the canvas. Souza got a couple of punches in for good measure until referee Dan Miragliotta mercifully stopped the fight. After fending of several takedown attempts, Adesanya created enough space to land a knee that stunned Brunson.