Daniel Cormier will defend his UFC heavyweight title for the first time in less than a month.
“DC” is set to fight Derrick Lewis in the UFC 230 main event, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday afternoon. Okamoto reported Monday that the title fight was in the works but not yet a done deal.
Cormier is coming off a first-round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July, when he captured the heavyweight championship, becoming a two-division UFC champ. Cormier, who also holds the light heavyweight title, will likely be soon stripped of that belt. Prior to the Miocic win, he defended his 205-pound belt in January against Volkan Oezdemir, stopping him in the second round.
Cormier was expected to face Brock Lesnar early next year. It’s unclear whether that fight is still targeted, considering Cormier is now fighting Lewis in November.
Lewis defeated Alexander Volkov by a come-from-behind knockout on the UFC 229 main card last weekend. Lewis was down two rounds and losing the third before landing a thunderous punch — followed by his patented ground-and-pound — with 11 seconds left in the fight. “The Black Beast,” who was coming off a three-round dud against Francis Ngannou, extended his winning streak to three in a row.
UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York and also features a lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz. It is also unclear as to whether or not a women’s flyweight title bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks, which was looked at as the UFC 230 main event, will still go on as scheduled, or if Shevchenko will revert to her UFC 231 bout vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk.