Daniel Cormier Makes Short Work of Derrick Lewis, Sends Message to Brock Lesnar

Daniel Cormier needed less than two rounds to defend his heavyweight title at UFC 230 with a second round rear naked choke submission against Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier is still the heavyweight champion of the world following a lopsided win over Derrick Lewis in the UFC 230 main event.

The reigning two-division champion needed less than two rounds to lock up a rear naked choke submission to cap off the latest UFC card inside the historic Madison Square Garden in New York.

While the fight came together with less than optimal circumstances with both athletes accepting the matchup on short notice, Cormier never feared the opportunity to defend his belt against one of the heaviest hitters in the entire division.

As it turns out, Lewis barely got a chance to land anything with Cormier quickly snatching a takedown in the opening round and punishing him with strikes on the ground throughout the first five minutes of the fight.

Cormier was relentless with his pressure and despite Lewis’ best attempts to get up again, he was unable to really slip away from the former two-time Olympian.

Lewis’ best chance came at the start of the second round when he did manage to connect with a couple of punches but it was short lived success as Cormier eventually found the opening to swoop inside, grab a leg and bring the action back down into his world.

From there it was all Cormier as he quickly passed by Lewis’ defense on the ground and he quickly took the back to begin working for the submission.

It only took him a split second with Cormier locking his forearm under the chin and wrapping up the rear naked choke, which forced Lewis to tap to signify the end of the fight.

The official time was 2:14 into the second round.

The win was not only Cormier’s first defense of the heavyweight title but he’s also the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously and defend one of them.

“It’s history, baby,” Cormier shouted following the win. “One of the greatest of all time.”

Cormier has said that his career is definitely winding down with plans to retire in early 2019 with his deadline set around 40th birthday approaching in March.

There are obviously a lot of options available to him as champion but Cormier seems to like the idea of a showdown against former UFC heavyweight king and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.

“Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that new WWE title,” Cormier said while referencing Lesnar becoming WWE Universal champion this past Friday. “I feel like being a WWE champion, too. Let’s go, Brock.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.