Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, came face-to-face with top heavyweight contender, Derrick Lewis, at the conclusion of the UFC 230 media day, held this afternoon (Thurs., Nov. 1, 2018) in New York City to promote this Saturday night’s title fight inside Madison Square Garden.
Cormier and Lewis agreed to get rowdy on super short notice after the promotion exhausted its list of available champions, leaving the “Big Apple” fight card without a marquee headliner. Dana White and Co. tried to sneak one by us, but mixed martial arts (MMA) fans weren’t having it.
The winner is expected to face Brock Lesnar for the 265-pound title in early 2019, assuming the pro wrestling import can keep the pesky folks at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) off his “jacked” back between now and then.
In the UFC 230 co-main event, former middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, will be testing his submission defense against fellow top contender Ronaldo Souza, also a late-notice match up after Luke Rockhold was forced to withdraw.
There was a lot mutual respect on display when @chrisweidman and @JacareMMA squared off at the #UFC230 media day in New York City— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 1, 2018
Watch full staredown: https://t.co/0USt2NZMre pic.twitter.com/OSNOj1IJUi
Won’t be long now!
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