"DC" Will Line Your Pockets with Rear Naked Choke at UFC 230

Clint MacLean

Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:37 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 12:37 PM UTC

UFC 230 is full of massive favorites and finding value is a challenge. The main event between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis is no different, but there might be a sneaky prop that holds hidden value.

Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick LewisSaturday, 11:59 p.m. ETFree UFC Pick: Cormier by Submission +125Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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After winning his last fight at UFC 229 by brutal knock out Derrick Lewis gave us prossibly the best post-fight interview of all time. He was beaten to a pulp by the far more technical Alexander Volkov for a full 3 rounds until and at 4:49 of the final round he unleashed a ferocious punch that left poor Alex on his back not knowing what time zone he was in and earning Lewis a coveted shot at the heavy weight strap vs current 2-division champ Daniel Cormier.

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The UFC is striking while the iron is hot and giving fan favorite and kock out artist Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis a shot at the heavyweight title after the above-mentioned interview made him a social media super star. But lets not pretend this is some kind of close fight between two equals at the top of the food chain. The UFC heavyweight division has long been in flux and short on contenders with the legends of the sport growing old and after Francis Ngannou fell from glory the UFC has been searching for its next star. DC is just a few short months away from his self-imposed retirement and will be vacating the belt if somebody doesnt de-throne him and the UFC wants to get all the use out of his star power that they can before he leaves. Lewis fits the bill of an exciting challenger that the fans can get behind, but he is NOT on the level of DC.

Let's look at Lewis' record shall we? In his last 10 fights he only has 1 loss and that was to MMA legend Mark Hunt. He is definitely deserving of his title shot with that kind of run. However, his record doesn't tell the full story just by looking at it. In Derrick's last 6 wins he has been losing all but 2 fights before landing his atomic bomb of a right hand. He has 2 KOs in the 3rd round, 1 in the 2nd, and 1 in the 4th during a 5 rounder with Shamil Abdurakhimov. The 2 fights he won by decision were against Noy Nelson who is old, fading, and has since moved to greener pastures at Bellator; the other was a win over Francis Ngannou in the slowest fight in UFC history. It set a record for the fewest amount of strikes landed. Nobody won that fight.

DC is a cardio machine and high level wrestler who has trained for years at the American Kickboxing Academy to add impressive and explosive striking to his resume. He DOES NOT STOP. DC is going to stick and move Derrick and stay out of the way of that night ending punch until he sees the beads of sweat rolling off Derrick's head. As soon as he sees that chink in the armor DC will ankle pick the big man and put him on his back. If Derrick Lewis hits the mat any time after the first round I promise you he is not getting up. DC knows how to handle strikers like this and he's done it before. See his 2 wins over Anthony "Rumble" Johnson who was possibly the hardest puncher the UFC has ever seen if you want some resume. Both ended in rear-naked chokes.

DC will win this fight by submission, but I wouldnt expect it too early due to how dangerous Lewis can be when he's fresh. I see a round 2 or 3 submission for the champion. #AndStill.

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