Daniel Cormier, Derrick Lewis to headline UFC 230

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The UFC has booked a heavyweight title combat between champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis to headline its UFC 230 pay-per-view occasion on Nov. three in New York.

UFC president Dana White broke the information to ESPN on Tuesday, and Cormier confirmed it to ESPN. The heavyweight combat will happen on the UFC’s annual card at Madison Sq. Backyard.

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With a brand new foremost occasion in place, Valentina Shevchenko can be moved again to her authentic combat in opposition to Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant ladies’s flyweight title at UFC 231 on Dec. eight in Toronto, in accordance with White.

The UFC had canceled that combat final week so as to have Shevchenko headline UFC 230 in opposition to Sijara Eubanks. However with the Cormier-Lewis title bout set as the brand new headliner, the promotion determined to maneuver Shevchenko again to the Dec. eight card.

Cormier (21-1) is the UFC’s mild heavyweight and heavyweight champion. He’s additionally the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on this planet, in accordance with ESPN’s rankings.

His subsequent heavyweight title bout was anticipated to come back in opposition to Brock Lesnar in 2019, however the UFC wished to beef up subsequent month’s pay-per-view occasion, and Cormier had expressed a willingness to combat yet one more time this 12 months. He’s coming off a historic knockout victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July.

Cormier, who is predicated out of San Jose, California, has mentioned he’ll retire subsequent spring, round his 40th birthday.

Lewis (21-5), of Houston, is coming off a shocking come-from-behind knockout victory over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 final weekend in Las Vegas. Lewis was trailing within the combat till the ultimate 20 seconds, when he dropped Volkov with a proper hand. He has received 9 of his previous 10 bouts.

A light-weight combat between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier is at the moment scheduled to function the co-main occasion at UFC 230.

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