Derrick Lewis set the UFC heavyweight division on fire with his come from behind knockout victory over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229. Lewis was getting absolutely dominated up until the final seconds of round three. After the fight Lewis looked seriously fatigued, and even said in his post fight interview he’s not ready for a title shot because his cardio needs work. That didn’t stop the UFC from booking Cormier vs Lewis as the main event for UFC 230. DC is currently the number 1 ranked fighter on the UFC pound for pound rankings; he is currently the UFC light heavyweight champion and the UFC heavyweight champion. The only man who’s won against DC is Jon Jones who is arguably the greatest fighter to ever fight in the UFC. So is fighting Daniel Cormier with only about a month to prepare too much for Derrick Lewis to handle?
If you look at Lewis’s record 18 of his wins are by KO or TKO. A majority of those wins are in the later rounds of the fight. No matter what round Lewis is always dangerous inside the octagon. His win over Alexander Volkov shows exactly that. You can never question Derrick Lewis’s heart or power. The problem is he isn’t fighting a one dimensional heavyweight; he’s fighting one of the most dominant fighters to have ever stepped inside an octagon. Daniel Cormier is with out a doubt a future hall of famer. He’s turned back almost every challenge the UFC has thrown his way. He’s fought some of the hardest hitters in the UFC like Anthony Johnson and Volkan Oezdemir. He’s also stood toe to toe with legends of MMA like Dan Henderson and Josh Barnett.
Cormier has also never lost at heavyweight. People forget how dominant he was at heavyweight because he didn’t have as much power at light heavyweight. He proved he has the power at heavyweight at UFC 226 where he knocked out heavyweight great Stipe Miocic in round 1. DC has seen it all, so it’ll definitely be a hard task for Derrick Lewis to dethrone the heavyweight king. As we saw in Lewis’s last fight when it comes to MMA all it takes is one punch to end the night. On November 3rd will Lewis be able to land a punch that’ll absolutely shock the MMA world, or will Cormier be dominant and remain the UFC’s heavyweight king?
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Stephen Caloggero (@steveo_calo)