In a somewhat surprising twist, it appears that UFC 230 finally has a new main event.
Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will put his title on the line against the number two ranked heavyweight, Derrick Lewis when the promotion visits Madison Square Garden next month.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to break the news that the fight will headline UFC 230 on November 3rd.
After a spectacular KO victory at UFC 229 against Alexander Volkov, Derrick Lewis joked to Joe Rogan that he wasn’t looking to challenge for the title with his gas tank and that he needed to work on his cardio. Despite this, it seems the offer from the UFC was too good to turn down as he will take his second right in a month, this time for the UFC heavyweight title.
The match up is perhaps more surprising given Lewis just completed a tough three rounds with heavyweight contender Alexander Volkov and earlier today was handed a one month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission which would put him out of action until November 6th with no contact until October 28th. Should Lewis honour the no contact ruling, he would have just one week to prepare for the biggest fight of his life.
That said, considering the chaos surrounding the closing moments of UFC 229, chosing to disregard NSAC’s medical suspension of Lewis is the least of the UFC’s worries.
The last main event fight proposed by White was a flyweight title showdown between number one contender Valentina Shevcenko and Sijara Eubanks. ESPN’s Okamoto has since spoken with Dana White via text message to ask if this means that Shevchenko’s challenge for the vacant flyweight title will be moved back to UFC 231 in Toronto. White’s response was simple. “Yes”.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirer’s lightweight contest remains in place as the co-main event for the UFC’s marquee event in the Big Apple.