DC vs Lewis for UFC 230
It seems like Derrick Lewis’ come-from-behind knockout win at last weekend’s UFC 229 event is almost earning him a heavyweight title shot.
UFC 230’s fight card is not as exciting as fans expect an event in the Big Apple’s Madison Square Garden to be. It does include Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier’s non-title fight though.
Also, fans’ excitement sparked a bit more when the promotion announced Valentina Shevchenko vs. Sijara Eubanks to headline the fight night. Despite this, something more action-packed seems to be missing.
Now, there came a bit of hope for NYC on the third of November when reports said Cormier vs Lewis is in the works to headline the card.
If this bout becomes official, it would be a significant addition to UFC’s next pay-per-view event. The Houston native just did a stunning knockout victory against Alexander Volkov at last weekend’s UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Currently, DC is training out of San Jose, California, expecting a heavyweight title defence against Brock Lesnar early next year. However, the WWE star has not yet signed a contract with UFC as he is still settling tests with USADA.
Also, he is currently making huge money out of his select shows for WWE. His fight against DC might not be as cemented in place as a lot of us are thinking.
Now, it looks like the UFC is trying to beef up its upcoming NYC event with the double division champ, taking on a surging fighter who won nine of his past 10 fights in the weight class.
Here is a tweet from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto regarding UFC’s talks:
Per sources, UFC has opened talks around a Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis heavyweight title fight to headline UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in New York. This would be coming, obviously, off of Lewis's come-from-behind win on Saturday at UFC 229. Not a done deal, but it's being explored.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 9, 2018
Speaking of Lewis recent success, he picked up a huge knockout win against Volkov with every little time left in the third round. He is currently on a three-fight win streak.
However, the newly released UFC 229 medical suspensions might be in conflict with Lewis’ discussed title shot at the heavyweight division. The list has him on the sidelines until the 6th of November with no contact until October 28.
These medical suspensions can be cleared with an approval from the doctor though. So if the fight is going to happen, Lewis has to go through the process of dealing with medical restrictions.