However, the most recent pairing, a July 2017 fight that Jones won via third-round knockout, was later overturned to a no contest when Jones tested positive for turinabol, a finding that ultimately led to a 15-month suspension order from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Given that understanding, there is a real possibility that when you wake up on Sunday, Derrick Lewis will be the heavyweight champion of the world.
After winning nine of his last ten fights, the surging Derrick Lewis is taking a shot at double champion Daniel Cormier and a shot at winning the UFC heavyweight belt.
Lewis, now 33, actually doesn't like to talk about his stay in prison. That's only because it's hard going in there trying to fight someone who didn't do anything to you. The foundation for a fight between Cormier and Lesnar was laid out this past summer.
Cormier vs. Lewis headlines UFC 230 from Madison Square Garden in NY on November 3rd.
Cormier has shaken off two one-sided defeats to archrival Jon Jones to become one of the five finest fighters in UFC history.
UFC 230 will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET on pay-per-view.
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Khachanov has also won two ATP World Tour titles in 2018 with victories at the Open 13 Provence and the VTB Kremlin Cup. A 71-minute first-set tussle ensued, Djokovic fashioning the first break points of the contest in the eighth game.
That fight would carry a purse in the eight-figure range for Cormier, but it would go away with a loss.
So for now, it seems the results of Saturday's UFC 230 headliner between Cormier and Lewis will have no impact on Jones' future. Lewis also won and continued his ascent into contention. No one expected Lewis to ever get this opportunity and he can derail the Cormier-Lesnar plans in one fell swoop. "In that cell, you tell yourself a lot of things".
Still, Cormier says that he's not going to let anybody else dictate how he ends his career because he's going out on his own terms whether anybody likes it or not. It's so easy to say, 'This guy's one of the greatest and this guy's one of the greatest, ' but they never fight each other. "But after Saturday night he'll go back to being the guy that he is, the guy that makes amusing internet videos".
Is Lewis deserving of a shot at a UFC title? There's something different about him and that's why I know what's in front of me this weekend. Some guys have to fight to make money, but I'm busy working TV and I'm still doing well and it also gives me the opportunity to spend more time with my kids and my wife. But pay very close attention to who he really is. So I don't need any of these guys. In three of those bouts, he was knocked out.
There is little chance he's going to out-grapple Cormier, a two-time Olympian and the captain of the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling team. Lewis mimicked Cormier's moves from the video at the news conference and both fighters erupted into laughter.
Cormier, though, has been in with huge punchers before and has only once been wobbled, in the first of his two wins with Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.