UFC 230: [Recap]
UFC 230 didn’t quite have the same buzz as the previous UFC visits to the iconic Madison Square Garden, but the action largely matched the setting. A champion regained his title, a former champion suffered another setback and a star was born.
Daniel Cormier defeated Derrick Lewis by submission 2:14 in Round 2
Derrick Lewis carried real danger in his fists and there seemed, despite the odds, a real threat of the UFC heavyweight title changing hands, but Daniel Cormier knew where he had to take the fight and he did. Cormier got an early takedown in the 1st round and he dominated the round from that point. Nothing changed much in the 2nd, and when Cormier got his bigger opponent’s back everyone knew the fight was as good as over, Cormier sunk in the rear naked choke and the tap came at the 2:14 point.
Brock Lesnar looks next and will be the sort of pension fight Cormier deserves, even if Lesnar is totally undeserving of the opportunity for a number of reasons.
Ronaldo Souza defeated Chris Weidman by TKO 2:46 in Round 3
The former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman suffered another setback in his bid to reclaim his title as Jacare Souza stopped his in a brutal war in the co-main event. To the surprise of many, this was a stand-up affair, with Weidman looking the likely winner until the devastating right hand from Souza landed on the temple and dropped Weidman heavily. The referee Dan Miragliotta was late in waving the fight off, thankfully Souza knew it was over and the shots which he landed afterwards were not as hurtful or damaging as they could have been. Weidman has now lost 4 out of his 5 fights and with a long injury record behind him, his hopes of another title run look remote.
Israel Adesanya defeated Derek Brunson by TKO at 4:51 of Round 1
I have had my doubts about the unbeaten Israel Adesanya, but he answered virtually every question he could in his dismantling of Derek Brunson, in his toughest test to date. Adesanya stuffed all the takedown attempts of Brunson and after a knee started the beginning of the end, Adesanya impressively stopped the 6th ranked Brunson as the opening round was drawing to a close. The UFC are desperate for new break out stars, and in Adesanya they may well have found their man.
OTHER RESULTS FROM THE MAIN CARD:
Jared Cannonier defeated David Branch by TKO at 0:29 of Round 2
Karl Roberson defeated Jack Marshman by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)