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UFC 230: Daniel Cormier to defend heavyweight title vs. Derrick Lewis at Madison Square Garden

Derrick Lewis celebrates after defeating Alexander Volkov during

Derrick Lewis celebrates after defeating Alexander Volkov during a heavyweight bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2018. Credit: AP/John Locher

DC is coming to MSG.

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will fight Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Madison Square Garden, the UFC announced Tuesday.

Cormier, also the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, will be making his first defense of the heavyweight belt in his Garden debut. The 39-year-old is among the pound-for-pound best in the sport and is just the second fighter to simultaneously hold belts in two divisions. He’s been the 205-pound champion since winning the title in May 2015 against Anthony Johnson after it was vacated by longtime rival Jon Jones. Cormier and Jones met for that title in July 2017, but Jones’ win was vacated after a failed pre-fight drug test and Cormier was reinstated as champion. Since then, Cormier successfully defended his belt for the third time, beating Volkan Oezdemir in January, and defeating Stipe Miocic to take the heavyweight crown in July.

Lewis is coming off a comeback win over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 on Saturday. The Houston native was visibly hurt multiple times over most of the fight but knocked down Volkov in the final seconds of the bout and finished on the ground to earn a win and performance bonus. Lewis also has wins over fellow top 10 heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Marcin Tybura.

Last week, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Sijara Eubanks for the vacant women's flyweight title was announced as the UFC 230 main event. It was met with much negative reaction in social media and elsewhere. The week prior, Shevchenko was announced as fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the flyweight title a month later. The Shevchenko-Eubanks fight has been scrapped from UFC 230 and Shevchenko-Jedrzejczyk is back on for UFC 231 in Toronto, according to a source.

The event also will feature a lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier. With no main event announced at that time, both fighters had lobbied the UFC on social media to create a 165-pound division and make their fight the inaugural championship, but their request went unfulfilled.

Also fighting on the card will be Long Island’s Chris Weidman in a rematch with Luke Rockhold. Weidman looks to return to the title picture against Rockhold — the man who took his title in 2015.

With Mark La Monica

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