UFC 230 Live Coverage And Results

UFC returns to New York City for another big show at Madison Square Garden. In the main event, Daniel Cormier makes his first UFC heavyweight title defense against contender Derrick Lewis.

It was an intriguing journey to get to this point as neither Cormier or Lewis was originally planned to even be a part of the show. But after several changes to the card, both Cormier and Lewis are returning to the octagon much sooner than anticipated, especially for Lewis.

Lewis fought less than a month ago at UFC 229 when he scored a major comeback victory over Alexander Volkov. In an immediate post-fight interview, Lewis initially said he was not ready for a title shot, but with the opportunity to headline a pay-per-view card at Madison Square Garden in a title fight, Lewis couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

As for Cormier, he became the UFC’s second-ever fighter to hold a title from two weight classes at the same time when he knocked out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 back in July. Cormier, the first man to simultaneously hold the UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight titles, had been hinting at a possible fight against former champion Brock Lesnar. Until his USADA suspension ends in early 2019, Cormier is remaining at heavyweight, taking on Lewis.

FIGHT SPORTS is here to provide you coverage of the entire card live from Madison Square Garden.

UFC 230 Main Card

Daniel Cormier defeated Derrick Lewis by submission (rear naked choke), round 2, 2:14 to retain the UFC Heavyweight Championship

Jacare Souza defeated Chris Weidman by TKO, round 3, 2:46

Jared Cannonier defeated David Branch by TKO, round 2, 0:39

Karl Roberson defeated Jack Marshman by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Israel Adesanya defeated Derek Brunson by TKO, round 1, 4:51

UFC 230 Prelims

Jordan Rinaldi defeated Jason Knight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Sijara Eubanks defeated Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 

Sheymon Moraes defeated Jorge Arce by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-26)

Lyman Good defeated Ben Saunders by KO, round 1, 1:32

UFC 230 Early Prelims 

Matt Frevola and Lando Vannata fight to a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Shane Burgos defeated Kurt Holobaugh by submission (Armbar), round 1, 2:11

Marcos Rogerio De Lima defeated Adam Wieczorek by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Chris Weidman vs. Jacare Souza

Round 1: Both men throw short, simple punches to start the fight. Weidman catches Souza with a big overhand right to the side of his head. Souza scores a clinch, but Weidman escapes. Weidman keeps landing punches, but Souza strikes back by landing a big leg kick to Weidman’s liver.

Round 2: Weidman lands a short leg kick and then keeps throwing short punches. The two men clinch and Weidman lands a quick, counter left hook to Souza’s jaw. Souza then becomes the aggressor and starts landing strikes of his own. Weidman hurts Souza with a left hand, but Souza manages to recover. The rest of the round remains a stand-up striking battle while the last 50 seconds or so has both fighters clinched in the cage trading blows.

Round 3: Souza recovers from the punishment received in the last two rounds and lands a few punches that push Weidman back. Both Weidman and Souza are still throwing punches with neither man looking for a takedown. Souza lands a big right hand and drops Weidman. The referee stops the fight after Souza asked him to stop it after Weidman looked dazed and confused.

Official Result: Jacare Souza defeated Chris Weidman by TKO, round 3, 2:46

Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Derrick Lewis: UFC Heavyweight Championship

Round 1: Lewis starts with a kick to the body and then a leg kick. Cormier answers with a leg kick of his own and now Cormier goes forward with the two left hands. Cormier immediately takes down Lewis a minute into the round. Cormier lands a couple of short right hands on the ground, followed by a couple of right elbows. Lewis gets back up, but not before eating a couple of right-hand punches once more. Cormier now scores a single-leg takedown on Lewis with little effort.

Round 2: Lewis manages to barely land a left hand on Cormier and then throws a couple of kicks to the body. Lewis is more aggressive with his striking, throwing a couple of more punches. Cormier gets another single-leg takedown, but Lewis gets back up quickly. Lewis goes down again, gets up once more, but Cormier gets an ankle pick to trip him up again. Cormier gets a rear naked choke on Lewis and Lewis taps. Cormier is still the UFC heavyweight champion.

Official Result: Daniel Cormier defeated Derrick Lewis by submission (rear naked choke), round 2, 2:14 to retain the UFC Heavyweight Championship

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