SportsCormier retains heavyweight belt with 2nd-round rear naked choke of Lewis

07:06  04 november  2018
07:06  04 november  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Where's the beef? Cormier, Lewis vie for heavyweight crown

Where's the beef? Cormier, Lewis vie for heavyweight crown Sure, the heavyweight championship is on the line at UFC 230. But for Daniel Cormier and challenger Derrick Lewis, their biggest beef is over chicken. Their chicken challenge goes back to July when the fighters shared the dais after they both fought on the same pay-per-view card. Cormier was feeling great after he flattened Stipe Miocic and won the heavyweight crown. Lewis also won and continued his ascent into contention. The fighters joked for a while before Lewis could finally find a reason to dislike Cormier: "He disrespected that Popeye's chicken on a commercial a few years ago .

Daniel Cormier was rumored to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in his return to Zuffa and Strikeforce debut, but on July 21, UFC Cormier would go on to win the next two rounds and eventually submit Johnson by rear naked choke in the third round to become the new UFC Light

The rear naked choke (RNC) is a chokehold in martial arts applied from an opponent's back. The word " naked " in this context suggests that, unlike other strangulation techniques found in Jujutsu/Judo

Cormier retains heavyweight belt with 2nd-round rear naked choke of Lewis © Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC / UFC / Getty

Daniel Cormier is still the Champ Champ.

The reigning heavyweight and light heavyweight titleholder submitted Derrick Lewis with a second-round rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With the victory, Cormier became the first two-division champion to successfully defend both titles. He's also the first fighter to defeat Lewis via submission.

Cormier opened the fight by recording a takedown of Lewis - a 260-pound behemoth - less than a minute into the first round. He used positioning and ground and pound to earn a decisive victory in that round.

Lewis caught the champion with a combo to open the second round, but when Cormier got his opponent's back, it was a mere matter of moments before he got the No. 2-ranked heavyweight contender to tap.

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