|UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis|
The poster for UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||November 3, 2018|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|City||New York City, New York|
A bout for the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship challenger Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks was expected to serve as the event headliner. Shevchenko was initially expected to face former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 231 for the title, but due to UFC 230 being in need of a main event, she was booked against Eubanks sooner. Eubanks was expected to face Jessica Eye at UFC 232, before being moved to this bout. After the UFC announced Cormier/Lewis on October 9, they confirmed this bout was canceled and that Shevchenko would return to her original bout at UFC 231. Eubanks remained on the card and faced former title challenger Roxanne Modafferi.
A middleweight bout between former interim UFC Middleweight Championship challenger (as well as 2000 Olympic silver medalist and world champion in freestyle wrestling) Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was scheduled for the event. However, Romero indicated in mid-August that while he has been cleared to fight, his doctors have recommended that he wait another four to five months (early 2019) to allow facial injuries incurred during his most recent fight to fully heal.
A lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight winner Nate Diaz was expected to take place at the event. However on October 10, it was reported that Poirier pulled out due to injury and the bout was cancelled.
A bantamweight bout between Brian Kelleher and Domingo Pilarte was expected to take place at the event. However on October 10, it was reported that Pilarte pulled out due to injury and was replaced by Montel Jackson.
A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champions Luke Rockhold (also former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) and Chris Weidman was expected to take place at the event. The two previously met at UFC 194 where Rockhold defeated then champion Weidman with a fourth round knockout. However, Rockhold pulled out on October 19 due to multiple injuries. He was replaced by another former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Souza, who was initially scheduled to face former WSOF Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion David Branch in the event. Branch instead faced Jared Cannonier.
Ruslan Magomedov was expected to face Marcos Rogério de Lima at the event. However on October 24, it was reported that he pulled out of the event due to visa issues and was replaced by Adam Wieczorek.
At the weigh-ins, Eubanks and Kelleher both missed the required weight for their respective fights. Eubanks weighed in at 127.2 pounds, 1.2 pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. Meanwhile, Kelleher weighed in at 137 pounds, 1 pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. Both of them were fined 20 percent of their purse, which went to their opponents Modafferi and Jackson. In turn, Kelleher was pulled due to illness on the day of the event.
|Heavyweight||Daniel Cormier (c)||def.||Derrick Lewis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||2:14||[a]|
|Middleweight||Ronaldo Souza||def.||Chris Weidman||KO (punches)||3||2:46|
|Middleweight||Jared Cannonier||def.||David Branch||TKO (punches)||2||0:39|
|Middleweight||Karl Roberson||def.||Jack Marshman||Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Israel Adesanya||def.||Derek Brunson||TKO (knees and punches)||1||4:51|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Featherweight||Jordan Rinaldi||def.||Jason Knight||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (127.2 lbs)||Sijara Eubanks||def.||Roxanne Modafferi||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Sheymon Moraes||def.||Julio Arce||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Lyman Good||def.||Ben Saunders||KO (punches)||1||1:32|
|Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Matt Frevola||vs.||Lando Vannata||Draw (majority) (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Shane Burgos||def.||Kurt Holobaugh||Submission (armbar)||1||2:11|
|Heavyweight||Marcos Rogério de Lima||def.||Adam Wieczorek||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
- For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Weidman
- Performance of the Night: Jared Cannonier and Israel Adesanya
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