Daniel Cormier’s first heavyweight title defense may not be against Brock Lesnar after all, but rather ‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on November 3rd in New York.
According to ESPN, the UFC are currently considering the match-up as a late-notice headliner for the NYC event, which was previously expected to be fronted by a women’s flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks.
However, that fight hadn’t exactly been met with much in the way of enthusiasm by fans, so it appears that the UFC are looking to come up with an alternative main event now, less than a month out from fight night.
Cormier won the heavyweight belt back in July with a first round KO victory over Stipe Miocic, which made him a two-division champion since he already held the light-heavyweight title at the time and had successfully defended it against Volkan Oezdemir at the start of the year.
As for Lewis, he is coming off a stunning come-from-behind knockout victory over the in-form Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 on Saturday night.
However, Lewis did go almost three full rounds before securing the victory and is currently medically suspended until November 6th, but he can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor.