By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier will not fight Brock Lesnar next. It was believed that this mega fight was going to happen in January.
The UFC announced on Tuesday that Cormier will now face “The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis first at Madison Square Garden on November 3rd. It took approx. 24 hours for the fight company to get the deal after it was announced on Monday the UFC was working on this fight for New York City.
This bout will now be the main event of the show. The co-main event will be a lightweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz.
Lewis will have little rest as he just fought at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. He defeated Alexander Volkov with a knockout punch late in the third round.
The 33-year-old Houston, Texas native has now improved to 21-5-1 in his MMA career. Of his 21 wins, 18 of them have come by knockout. He has two wins by decision and another win by submission.
The Black Beast has now won three straight fights. Besides defeating Volkov, he also defeated Francis Ngannou at UFC 226 in July 2018 by unanimous decision. He also knocked out Marcin Tybura in the third-round of the UFC Fight Night 126 event.
He has not been defeated since losing to Mark Hunt on June 10th, 2017 when he lost by TKO (Punches) at UFC Fight Night 110 in the fourth-round.
The 39-year-old San Jose, California native is 21-1-1 in his MMA career. He has 10 wins by knockout and another seven wins by decision. He also has four wins by submission.
His only loss came by decision to Jon Jones. This loss came at UFC 182 by unanimous decision to Jones on January 3rd, 2015.
DC has won two straight fights, but has not been defeated in seven straight bouts. He last defeated Stipe Miocic to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship in the first-round with a knockout (punches) on July 7th, 2018.
He also defeated Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 by TKO (punches) in the second-round of UFC 220.
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