The roller coaster card of UFC 230 has its latest main event with the promotion moving forward with a UFC heavyweight title fight on short notice.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday afternoon that the promotion has signed a fight between champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis to headline UFC 230 on Saturday, November 3rd from Madison Square Garden.
Cormier had been dealing with a hand and wrist injury, which he detailed on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN on October 1st. In the interview, Cormier stated he had broken a bone in his hand above a plate he had previously inserted. He stated the injury was the reason he would be unable to fight at UFC 232 on December 29th. Cormier is expected to be releasing a statement following the news of this fight with Lewis. Cormier informed Helwani that he was offered the fight on Monday, tested out his hand and is confident taking the fight in four weeks.
Lewis just fought on Saturday with an enormous comeback victory over Alexander Volkov with 11 seconds remaining in their bout at UFC 229. Lewis took a lot of damage in the fight and was way behind on the scorecards when he dropped Volkov and finished him.
Okamoto added that UFC president Dana White informed him that the flyweight championship between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk is back on for December 8th in Toronto. This means Sijara Eubanks is no longer fighting Shevchenko for the vacant title on November 3rd and was furious about the news that she is the odd one out with this change to the card:
Put me under card. Put me co main. I don’t care. But put me in for the Flyweight title shot! @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 IVE EARNED MY SHOT. THIS IS MY TIME. Quit running this thing like a circus. This is my life you’re playing with @danawhite @Mickmaynard2