No stopping Daniel Cormier as Derrick Lewis taps out at UFC 230

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Daniel Cormier retained his UFC heavyweight title with a submission victory over Derrick Lewis.

Lewis earned the shot at the title after beating Alexander Volkov barely a month ago, but his quick return to the octagon failed to pay off after he tapped out in the second round of the clash in New York.

American Cormier controlled the bout from the start, grabbing a takedown after barely a minute in the first round.

Cormier got stung by a right hand from Lewis in the second but the champion soon had his opponent back on the canvas, a rear-naked choke finishing the job at 2.14.

With the the victory, Cormier has become the first man to defend both the light-heavyweight and heavyweight belts.

Quoted on the UFC website, Cormier said after the fight: “There are no surprises with me. I come in here and try to do my thing.

“If you come in here with a puncher’s chance, it’s not enough. You have to be one of the best in the world to be able to compete. Derrick is good, but he’s not at that level yet.”

Before the main event, Karl Roberson earned a convincing unanimous decision over Welshman Jack Marshman in their middleweight bout.

Marshman was looking to bounce back after his loss against Antonio Carlos Jr last month, but was denied after three rounds at Madison Square Garden.

Former kickboxer Roberson, on the back of suffering his first pro defeat against Cezar Ferreira at UFC 224, set the tone in the first round, attempting an early head kick which was blocked by Marshman.

Marshman struggled to land his punches and did his best to find his target with leg kicks, but was sent to the fence by a series of left hands from Roberson.

In the second, Marshman came out strong, unleashing a barrage of blows, but a takedown from Roberson looked to have secured him the round.
The 28-year-old continued to dominate with his left hand in the third, winning the decision victory 30-26, 30-26, 30-27.

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UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov visits Al Wahda FC during vacation in the UAE

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Arabian Gulf League side Al Wahda welcomed UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to the Al Nahyan Stadium on Wednesday.

The Abu Dhabi side posted pictures on their social media accounts of the Russian fighter posing with fans and officials with his own Al Wahda shirt.

The 30-year-old is on vacation in the UAE just three weeks after his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229.

Both fighters are currently suspended pending an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following a melee which broke out after their bout on October 6.

The Nevada Commission reportedly voted to uphold temporary suspensions for both fighters until a hearing in December.

The commission voted to release half – $1million – of Nurmagomedov’s purse after initially holding all of his earnings.

The other half of the Russian’s prize money will be withheld until after the disciplinary hearing.

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Conor McGregor breaks down 'fair and square' defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Sport360 staff 23/10/2018
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Conor McGregor admitted he was “beaten fair and square” by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 but stressed he would not repeat his mistakes in any rematch.

McGregor tapped out to the undefeated Russian in the fourth round of their lightweight title bout in Las Vegas on October 6 as he made his return to mixed martial arts after a near two-year hiatus.

The fight was followed by a mass brawl that led to both men receiving temporary suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

McGregor, who has spoken of his desire for a rematch in social media posts since the event, broke his silence about the fight itself with a lengthy Instagram post in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The Irishman did not mention the post-fight melee, but instead broke down the bout round-by-round.

In the message, McGregor wrote: “Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position.

“Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.

“What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure.

“I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared.

“If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line.”

The 30-year-old admitted he had underestimated parts of Nurmagomedov’s fighting style and said it would not happen again.

McGregor said: “Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot.

“I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever.

Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again.”

McGregor went on to say the second round was “the worst round of my fighting career” but felt he had come back strongly by winning the third.

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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all ❤

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