UFC Looking At Cormier-Lewis For UFC 230
After an explosive knockout and an even more memorable post-fight speech, Derrick Lewis may have talked his way into the main event of UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.
While Lewis told Joe Rogan following his knockout of Alexander Volkov that he “isn’t ready” for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title, UFC management may be thinking differently as the “Black Beast” is being thought of as an opponent for the November 3rd event at Madison Square Garden.
Per sources, UFC has opened talks around a Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis heavyweight title fight to headline UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in New York. This would be coming, obviously, off of Lewis’s come-from-behind win on Saturday at UFC 229. Not a done deal, but it’s being explored.
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Cormier was thought to be on-hold until Brock Lesnar is able to return to the Octagon to fight for Cormier’s heavyweight crown, but with Cormier eyeing retirement next year on his 40th birthday, the UFC may want to get the most out of their double champion.
What stands in the way at the moment, outside of Lewis’ own claims that he’s not ready to fight five rounds, is a medical suspension he picked up for his fight on the UFC 229 undercard. The suspension handed out by the Nevada Athletic Commission prohibits contact until October 28th and sidelines him until November 6th. If Lewis is willing to fight in less than 30 days, he’s going to need to be cleared by a doctor to do so.
If booked, it would be supplanting a vacant women’s flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks, and co-main event between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz.