UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
Heavyweight winner Daniel Cormier (21-1, 1 NC, 10 KOs, 4 SUBs) will defend his title against knockout artist Derrick Lewis (21-5, 18 KOs, 1 SUBs). The card airs live on pay-per-view starting 10pm ET.
Only one pay-per-view following the Khabib-McGregor superfight, the UFC is providing us a heavyweight title match. Plus it just so happens to feature among UFC 229’s breakout star:”The Dark Beast” himself, Derrick Lewis. It’s one matter to score a stunning, last-second comeback win in a fight you’re getting dominated. But Lewis topped that by following this up with the funniest post-fight meeting in UFC history, on the greatest night in UFC history.
That’s one way of becoming a celebrity. And today, the one-dimensional knockout artist who never really seemed like a valid competitor is fighting to get the title under a month after taking a beating at the hands of Alexander Volkov. Daniel Cormier’s probably drooling at the thought of an easy paycheck. It’ll also be his first heavyweight title defense.
Despite the UFC announcing a banger of a storm involving middleweight hulks Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa, the enormous Cuban has stated that the struggle won’t be happening. Though we really hope this contest happens, we are apt to believe the fighter when they stated that they’re not prepared. Let’s hope he heals up punctually.
If those 185-pounders do not get it on, then there are still three crazy great middleweight matchups to anticipate. The biggest of them is a rematch between former winners Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, respectively ranked No. 2 and No. 3. Perennial contender Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza meets former WSOF champ David Branch, together with the two men jockeying for a name position. The branch’s most exciting prospect, Israel Adesanya, puts his undefeated record on the line against No. 6 Derek Brunson. At times,”The previous Stylebender” looks like the next coming of a prime Anderson Silva, and everybody is hoping that this dude is for real.
Have a look at the scheduled fights under, and then log into the sportsbook to observe the lines for every fight on your card. Make sure that you check in during fight week for in-depth gambling previews. UFC chances from BookMaker.eu are usually released during fight week.
UFC 230 Lineup (Subject to Change)
Heavyweight championship – Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
Middleweight – Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Middleweight – Ronaldo Souza vs. David Branch
(Tentative) Middleweight – Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa
Middleweight – Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
Welterweight – Lyman Good vs. Sultan Aliev
Lightweight – Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Bantamweight – Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Middleweight – Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Featherweight – Julio Arce vs. Shyeman Moraes
Featherweight – Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
UFC 230 Betting Lines, Predictions and Picks
Here is a weird story. In an interview with MMAJunkie just days after the Volkov fight, Lewis came out and said he had no urge to headline UFC 230. That he’d already started eating breakfast snacks and his cardio was nowhere near the level it needed to be in to virtually challenge for the name.
He ended that interview by saying that it would have a giant paycheck to allow him to leap right into a title fight with a few of the finest to ever do it. Later that day, Dana White announced that Lewis will be battling for the name. Sounds like someone got PAID.
Still, the UFC’s greed is revealing here. Lewis was nearly finished multiple times, and it was clear he could not survive five rounds. The UFC is placing him onto a card less than a month later? That’s called exploiting a star turn. And while we adore how honorable DC is, it sure seems like he is cherry picking here.
The previous time Weidman and Rockhold fulfilled, the AKA surfer boy cracked the former All-American wrestler and took the belt from him. Time has not softened the grudge between them both, and it was a close fight until there. Rockhold has been knocked out twice, suggesting that his brow is a severe weakness. Coincidentally, Weidman endured two brutal knockouts as well before bouncing back against Kelvin Gastelum.
Both these middleweights are great everywhere, although they have different strategies in every phase. Rockhold’s submission grappling is top notch, but Weidman is a leading classic wrestler. Weidman can box with all the best of them, but Luke’s unorthodox kicks can do major damage.
Ronaldo Souza can’t seem to catch a break. Among the very accomplished BJJ artists to ever enter the octagon, he has been in multiple name eliminators, only to fall short in every one. Beating David Branch probably would not seal the deal, but he could keep his title on a brief list of worthy challengers. Branch could vault into the title mix by simply taking the well-regarded Brazilian.
Israel Adesanya has what required to be a star: an engaging character and what’s more, an electrical fighting style. He is clearly a special striker, landing all of eight limbs with exceptional accuracy and power. Of course, like all fantastic standup artists, he’s got to pass on the wrestler test, and Derek Brunson – a former collegiate wrestler – is more than qualified to dish that out.