Derrick Lewis Issues First Statement Since Losing to Daniel Cormier at UFC 230

DC made it look so easy. Two-division champion Daniel Cormier handily defended his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 in the Big Apple. 

After almost a month, the fight between a matchup that has taken UFC fans aback happened in the blink of an eye. The still-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier taps out Derrick Lewis via a second round rear-naked choke.

Made It Look So Easy

The “Black Beast” picked up a shot at the heavyweight title after scoring a Hail Mary knockout win over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229. DC then agreed to take on his first-ever title defence after seizing the belt from Stipe Miocic last July. 

Now, we are looking at a fantastic win from the pride of Louisiana who almost didn’t break a sweat in defeating Lewis via submission. This took place despite reports that the champ-champ is still recovering from an injured finger.

The momentous bout started in DC’s favour. He successfully scored a single-leg takedown early in the first round, getting on top of Lewis with a lot of time to work.

It was a bloody fight since the beginning. When the second round took over the Octagon, Cormier dumped Lewis to the mat and proceeded to take the back. Being the first fighter to submit Lewis, DC aimed for a rear-naked choke and got the tap.

Lewis’ Statement About the Loss

Lewis made no excuses when asked about his flawless defeat. On the post-fight press conference, the heavyweight fighter doesn’t seem to be in the mood to defend himself nor talk about what went wrong.

“I don’t understand why you’re asking me questions after I lost.”

The Beast stated that he was in the best mental and physical shape during the square off. When asked about his game plan, Lewis said he opted to recover on the third round, but DC sadly submitted him on the second.

“Really in the third round, we thought we have the upper hand, to really finish the fight in the third. My breathing was good, everything was good. We just had to win in the third to really turn it on.”

“I was pretty good; my conditioning was there. Probably one of the best shapes I’ve ever been, physically and mentally really.”

Watch the post-fight presscon below:

Lewis merely laughed it off when asked if Cormier could be one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time.

“I don’t know man, s–t; we’ll just see, we’ll see how things go. This is his second heavyweight (championship) fight, I don’t know.”

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/UFC

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