While many had wondered what a Derrick Lewis heavyweight title reign would look like, Daniel Cormier removed all fanciful thoughts as he put on the dominant performance that most had expected.
With takedown after takedown, Cormier took away the chance of a Lewis haymaker landing and controlled his challenger on the mat. As Lewis looked to regain his footing in the second round, Cormier took Lewis’ back and sunk in a rear-naked choke to become the first fighter in UFC history to defend a title in two weight classes.
As Cormier approaches retirement, we may only see ‘DC’ once more in the Octagon if he is to stick to his March career deadline. With only two or three realistic possibilities as his next opponent, here are the fights the UFC should make with not only the UFC 230 main event winner but four others from the UFC’s latest Madison Square Garden show:
Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar
While it may not be the most competitive fight on paper, Daniel Cormier deserves one last big paycheck before riding off into the sun.
With his last two fights at heavyweight, I struggle to see DC dropping back down to the 205 lbs limit so a fight with the returning Brock Lesnar would be a very winnable fight for Cormier with the biggest payday.
Jacare Souza vs. Israel Adesanya
Despite being down on the scorecards, Jacare Souza proved he is as dangerous as they come in the middleweight division with a third-round TKO win over Chris Weidman.
With recent losses to both Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum however, a title fight against either man wouldn’t make the most sense with only a one fight winning streak.
As Israel Adesanya fought earlier in the same night and put on a breathtaking performance against Derek Brunson, the undefeated Adesanya should look to follow in the footsteps of the champion Whittaker by succeeding a KO win over Brunson with a win over Jacare.
Jacare vs. Adesanya would see the winner prove themselves as a true no.1 contender.
Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Making his middleweight debut, Jared Cannonier exuded calmness against the veteran David Branch and scored an upset TKO win against the #7 ranked fighter.
With a shock win, however, Cannonier should face another middleweight in the middle of the top 15 to prove it wasn’t just a ‘fluke’ victory.
With Antonio Carlos Junior without an opponent after suffering an injury, a match-up between the two would make a lot of sense for both men.
Karl Roberson vs. Andrew Sanchez
With a spot on the PPV of UFC 230, Karl Roberson put on a very decent performance against the game Jack Marshman as he earned a unanimous decision victory against the Welsh fighter.
With just eight professional bouts in MMA, Roberson shouldn’t be rushed up the rankings at 185 lbs and a fight with someone like Andrew Sanchez would be a wise move for ‘Baby K’.
Lyman Good vs. Sergio Moraes
While only three fights into his UFC career, Lyman Good has put on an impressive showing in each of his bouts thus far.
With a first-round KO of Ben Saunders at UFC 230, Good should face a tough opponent in his next outing and Sergio Moraes, also coming off of a stoppage win over Saunders, would make for some entertaining matchmaking.