It didn't work out that way, of course, and Nurmagomedov - who was rightfully the bookies' favourite - repeatedly took McGregor to the mat and smashed him up over four rounds.
Derrick faces Daniel Cormier on a loaded UFC 230 fight card that also includes the return of "All-American" Chris Weidman, the Welterweight that bested MMA legend Anderson Silva on two separate occasions.
After defeating Derrick Lewis via second-round submission in last night's UFC 230 main event, Daniel Cormier revealed that he had injured his back that same morning and was nearly forced to pullout of the contest.
The two have been hyping a potential fight ever since Lesnar confronted Cormier after his victory at UFC 226, entering the octagon and shoving him away. I guarantee you can.
No disrespect to Lewis, but he never had much of a chance in this one. "I know y'all guys don't expect me to come in here and get no submissions or nothing technical, you're going to get what you've been seeing, it's going to be all heart".
Jones has ruled out a trilogy, and Cormier's next challenger will surely give him a better fight than Lewis.
Lewis landed a nice combo 30 seconds into the second round and even tried a switch kick as he stepped up the aggression. I always say that a lot of this fighting is not personal to me.
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And yet, here we are. "Which is insane to say in this sport".
"If Derrick Lewis wins eat for free from 2-4 on Sunday" at Popeyes on 9120 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 7743. "It could absolutely happen".
White said, "Should be". He's not technically wrong, though.
With a minute left in the round, Lewis was at Cormier's mercy.
"How insane must the guy that won be for them to go, 'Hey, man". In true Derrick Lewis style, he responded by saying: "That depends".
Cormier won the heavyweight crown when he flattened Stipe Miocic, a bout that ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage. "There's no difference in what I weigh today as to what I weigh when I fight at 205lbs", Cormier said of a move back to the light-heavyweight division.
"Ultimately we would have to decide that as a team and figure out what we want to do", Cormier said.