Cormier Makes History, Defends Heavyweight Belt

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Two-division world champion Daniel Cormier cemented his position as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters by dominating Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. The WWE superstar won the UFC heavyweight title in remarkable fashion back in 2008 in only his fourth professional fight when he stopped UFC legend Randy Couture at UFC 91.

Cormier slapped a pair of championship belts over his shoulders and celebrated UFC history, before calling out the UFC legend-turned wrestler, Lesnar.

The pair touched gloves to start the fight.

It was a cagey start before Cormier took Lewis down about a minute into the fight.

It was a surprising pairing, but one that carried a ton of intrigue, as Lewis has shown that he's never out of a fight and Cormier's competitive instincts propelled him into the cage with the unsafe knockout artist when many others would have opted to remain on the sidelines until 2019. Lewis took up mixed martial arts shortly after his release and used his big right hand to ascend to a title shot.

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From there, Cormier climbed around to Lewis' back and quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke, clamping down on the squeeze and forcing "The Black Beast" to tap out. The round ended on the ground. Again, the Houston native regained his feet, but the respite only last a matter of seconds as Cormier took him down again. Lewis was able to get right back up, though still pressed against the cage.

Much like attacking a bucket of chicken, Cormier tagged Lewis everywhere: leg, thigh, and then the neck for the decisive blow.

Cormier became only the second person in UFC history to secure two championships in two different weight classes at the same time (the first was former lightweight and featherweight champion, Conor McGregor).

Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice.

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