UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
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A few dozen hours can change a man’s perspective.
Late Saturday night, here’s what Derrick Lewis said to Joe Rogan during his UFC 229 octagon interview after his comeback knockout of Alexander Volkov: “I ain’t trying to fight for no title right now, not with no gas tank like that.”
Then came Monday morning and the offer to fight champion Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden in the UFC 230 headliner.
Did Lewis, a day and a half after a grueling fight, hesitate for even a few minutes about accepting a fight against one of the top fighters in the sport now and in its history?
“Not at all,” Lewis told Newsday on Wednesday night. “Not at all. It was right away, because this opportunity might not come again. … And in Madison Square Garden.”
Cormier needed until Tuesday to be sure. He has been recovering from a broken hand suffered in his July 7 bout when he knocked out Stipe Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight title.
Lewis (21-5, 1 no contest) has won three straight and nine out of his last 10 bouts in the UFC. Seven of those wins during this three-year run were by knockout. Lewis, as he displayed again last Saturday against Volkov, has one-punch knockout power.
Still, Lewis will be the underdog against Cormier (21-1, 1 no contest), who reigns now as both the light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion, both in the sportsbooks and in the eyes of those who follow the sport.
Again, Lewis didn’t seem to sweat the part about Cormier being the 1:6 favorite to start.
“I don’t care who we fighting against, I’m still going to have the disadvantage on anyone that I fight,” said Lewis, who lives in Houston. “These guys have been training martial arts probably all their life, been in some type of wrestling their whole life. I’m really a brawler.
“It’ll be an honor just to step in the same octagon as Daniel anyway. For sure, I’ll be ready.”
A UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Daniel Cormier (also the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion) and Derrick Lewis is expected to headline the event.
A bout for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship challenger Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks was expected to serve as the event headliner. Shevchenko was initially expected to face former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 231 for the title, but due to UFC 230 being in need of a main event, she was booked against Eubanks sooner. Eubanks was expected to face Jessica Eye at UFC 232, before being moved to this bout.After the UFC announced Cormier/Lewis on October 9, they confirmed this bout was canceled and that Shevchenko would return to her original bout at UFC 231. Eubanks will remain on the event and will face former title challenger Roxanne Modafferi.
A middleweight bout between former interim UFC Middleweight Championship challenger (as well as 2000 Olympic silver medalist and world champion in freestyle wrestling) Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was scheduled for the event. However, Romero indicated in mid-August that while he has been cleared to fight, his doctors have recommended that he wait another four to five months (early 2019) to allow facial injuries incurred during his most recent fight to fully heal.
A lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight winner Nate Diaz was expected to take place at the event. However on October 10, it was reported that Poirier pulled out due to injury and the bout was canceled