NYSAC To Speak With Cormier & Lewis Before UFC 230
After Daniel Cormier made it known that his hand is still unable to “close all the way” following his win at UFC 226 in July, the New York State Athletic Commission wants to speak with both Cormier and Derrick Lewis before UFC 230 in November.
The New York Commission has been known for its high levels of scrutiny towards MMA, with it being legal in the state for a little over two years. With recent incidents such as pulling Max Holloway out of the ill-fated UFC 223 main event without giving Holloway a physical, or at UFC Utica where Jessica Aguilar was pulled due to having chapped lips.
“Our medical team may require additional medical checks for any specific fighter when warranted, and they do,” NYSAC spokesperson Lee Park told MMA Junkie. That means time is of the essence, considering the UFC 230 main event is less than three weeks away.
“He challenged his medical suspension in Nevada, an action permitted in pretty much all jurisdictions,” Park wrote in reference to Lewis. “Nevada then reduced his suspension to three weeks instead of one month. In light of this, NYSAC has asked for all new medical documentation to prove his fitness to be licensed in New York State.”
Lewis will be closely watched by the commission due to Lewis fighting less than a month prior to UFC 230, when he would have to battle back for a knockout win over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 and was put under medical suspension.
With the initial main event for UFC 230, Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks seeing Shevchenko and the vacant flyweight title being moved to UFC 231 for a fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Dustin Poirier being pulled from his fight with Nate Diaz due to a hip injury, this leaves very little margin for the UFC’s return to New York City.
Initial report: MMA Junkie