Saturday, November 3, 2018,
New York, NY
UFC 230’s main card has started to come together with both the main event and a co-main event set. UFC’s latest promotion, which takes place in New York on Nov. 3, features heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier battling #2 Derrick Lewis.
Cormier, 21-1 with 1 no-decision, has become one of UFC’s most popular fighters. The former collegiate champion wrestler developed into a feared striker before entering the Octagon the first time. Cormier can go to the ground if his striking doesn’t lead to victories.
His challenger, Derrick Lewis, has won 86% of his 21 victories via knockout or technical knockout. Lewis only has 5 losses. His best shot of upsetting Cormier is to keep the fight off the ground. There’s no quit in Lewis, who’s won 3 straight since suffering a KO loss to Mark Hunt in 2017. Lewis just beat Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6, though. He did via a Round 3 KO with almost zero time left on the clock. Will Lewis have anything in the tank? Right now, everyone believes he won’t because he’s a +430 dog.
Although the Dustin Poirier versus Nate Diaz fight, which would have been the second of two co-main events, has been scrapped, #3 Luke Rockhold and #2 Chris Weidman enter the Octagon for what amounts to an elimination battle. Yoel Romero knocked out Rockhold in Round 3 at UFC 221 last February while Weidman submitted Kelvin Gastelum in his last fight. That happened in July 2017, which means Weidman will have been on a 15 month break when he fights Rockhold on Nov. 3.
A couple of other fights between ranked opponents are on the UFC 230 card. #5 Ronaldo Souza battles #7 David Branch and #6 Derek Brunson takes on #9 Israel Adesanya. Both should provide plenty of MMA fighting entertainment. Check out a list of every fight, so far, at UFC 230:
When: November 3, 2018
Where: New York, NY
Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
Daniel Cormier submits Derrick Lewis to retain heavyweight title.
Despite getting booed each by the Madison Square Garden faithful each time he took the fan-favorite Lewis down, Cormier continued to maul and grind until "The Black Beast" finally exposed his back and instantly tapped out via rear-naked choke at 2:14 of Round 2.
Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo Souza
Jacare Souza def. Chris Weidman via third-round TKO (strikes)
Throughout a memorable career that has seen him win world titles in multiple promotions, the one thing has eluded Brazilian star Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is a shot at a UFC title.
The 38-year-old may have finally given himself a chance to secure just that on Saturday when he rallied to stop former champion Chris Weidman in a sensational slugfest that was contested almost exclusively on the feet in the co-main event of UFC 230.
David Branch vs. Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier def. David Branch via second-round TKO (stoppage)
Don't look now but veteran Jared Cannonier may have finally found his division. UFC, meanwhile, may have found itself another quality contender.
Cannonier (11-4), who previously fought at heavyweight and light heavyweight, made his 185-pound debut -- on short notice, no less -- a memorable one as he stopped David Branch with punches early in Round 2 at UFC 230.
Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Karl Roberson def. Jack Marshman via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Un concurso desequilibrado termina con decisión unánime.
UFC Middleweight Karl Roberson secured an impressive and convincing unanimous decision victory over Jack Marshman on the main card of UFC 230. The judges scored a lopsided decision for Roberson as he dominated Marshman throughout the fight, both in stand-up and at the mat. Edit
Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson via first-round TKO (stoppage).
In just his fourth appearance since making his UFC debut in February, unbeaten Israel Adesanya may have just made the leap from bright prospect to legitimate title contender with how seemingly easy he handled veteran Derek Brunson on Saturday.
In the first of four middleweight bouts on the UFC 230 pay-per-view card, Adesanya (15-0) did his best to make anyone from UFC brass to current 185-pound Robert Whittaker take notice with how flashy and succinct his performance was in a first-round TKO.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.