It looks like the New York State Athletic Commission has learned from its counterpart in Nevada…
The Madison Square Garden in New York played host to the intriguing match-up between reigning champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Derrick Lewis for the headlining act of UFC 230. DC made a successful title defense after a second-round submission of ‘The Black Beast’, to become the first fighter to defend both division titles.
Unlike his victory over Stipe Miocic last July, there was no WWE-like confrontation happened between him and his potential next assignment, Brock Lesnar. And according to a report, the state athletic commission had a hand on Lesnar’s absence on the event.
Daniel Cormier is now the first two-division champion in UFC history to successfully defend both titles.
— UFC News (@UFCNews) November 4, 2018
UFC 226 Confrontation
DC proved his doubters wrong in his last outing when he made quick work of Stipe Miocic in the UFC 226 headliner last July and became one of the two-division champions in the promotion’s history.
The win also solidified DC’s legacy as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. But the historic moment turned into disarray as a shoving match between him and the former UFC champ, Lesnar, happened seconds after the announcer declared Cormier as the new heavyweight champion.
The two then threw barbs at one another on the microphone and planted the seeds for a future fight, which might happen next year before DC calls it a career.
— Thomas Harkin (@harkin1992) July 9, 2018
Last night, the 39-year old fighter retained his heavyweight belt after making quick of work of his challenger in the UFC 230 headliner. Interestingly, one name was a no-show from the event – Brock Lesnar.
DC has promised to slap Lesnar in the face if he storms the cage at UFC 230, something he failed to do during their altercation at UFC 226. He told Busted Open Radio earlier this week:
“I heard Brock Lesnar will be at the Garden for UFC 23. If he tries to step in that cage again, I’m going to slap him in his face. I owe him one from last time.”
Based on a report, UFC President Dana White wanted the WWE star to grace but it was the NYSAC that stopped it from happening as claimed by the WWE insider, Brad Shepard. He wrote on a tweet yesterday:
It looks like Dana White has now confirmed what I eluded to early yesterday, that Brock Lesnar will NOT be at #UFC230. Dana wanted Brock to appear but the New York State Athletic Commission put the kibosh on it because they didn’t want another potential Khabib/McGregor incident. https://t.co/yX8YAvC1S9
— Brad Shepard (@TheBradShepard) November 3, 2018
The promotion faced a huge controversy last month when an ugly brawl broke out at the UFC 229 after reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov flew to the crowd to trade blows with Conor McGregor’s cornerman, Dillon Danis.
The post-fight melee had led to the arrest of three members from the Khabib camp but were later released when the Irishman refused to press charges. The NYSAC could be taking a major preventive measure to avoid this kind of incident, leading to the decision of banning Lesnar to attend the event.
Well, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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