UFC 230 Results: Daniel Cormier Defends The Heavyweight Title, Plus Several Big Upsets At Middleweight

#7 David Branch vs. Jared Cannonier

Round One: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Branch scores a takedown on Cannonier and Cannonier gets right back up. Branch scores another takedown on Cannonier while eating elbow strikes, Cannonier gets back up and he gets Branch against the cage wall. Cannonier swings away at Branch as they separate, Branch scores another takedown on Cannonier and he gets the half guard. Branch transitions to back control against Cannonier while landing a few strikes, Cannonier scrambles to his feet and Branch gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and swing away at each other, Branch lands a few jabs before getting Cannonier against the cage wall. Branch scores another takedown and Cannonier gets right back up, Cannonier breaks free from Branch and he barely lands a spinning head kick. Branch gets Cannonier against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Branch

Round Two: The round begins with Cannonier attacking Branch with some leg kicks, Cannonier eats a right before dropping Branch with a counter right. Cannonier pounces on Branch with a plethora of strikes and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Jared Cannonier def. #7 David Branch by TKO via strikes (0:29, R2)

#3 Chris Weidman vs. #5 Ronaldo Souza

Round One: The round begins with Weidman taking a few swings at Souza, Weidman lands a knee strike before eating a few uppercuts from Souza. Weidman pops Souza with a bunch of jabs to keep him at bay, Weidman rocks Souza with a right hook. Souza comes forward to land a left hook to the midsection of Weidman, Weidman nails a kicking Souza with a counter strike combination. Weidman continues attacking Souza with punching combinations, Souza attacks Weidman with some leg kicks. Souza again nails Weidman with a left to the midsection, Weidman stalks Souza as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round Two: The round begins with Souza attacking Weidman with some leg kicks, Weidman responds with leg kicks of his own. Weidman keeps Souza at a distance by landing a bunch of jabs, Weidman hits Souza with a right to the rib cage. Souza charges forward and he swings wildly at Weidman, Souza backs Weidman up while just swinging wildly at him. Weidman recovers and he rocks Souza with a right hook, the fighters briefly clinch and exchange knee strikes. Souza continues attacking the midsection of Weidman with strikes, Souza charges at Weidman while swinging away at him. Souza slips on a kick attempt and Weidman gets him against the cage wall, Weidman scores a takedown on Souza and Souza scrambles to his feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Weidman (Overall Score: 20-18 for Weidman)

Round Three: The round begins with Souza immediately attacking Weidman with leg kicks, Weidman responds by kicking Souza in the midsection. Souza also attacks Weidman with some left hooks to the midsection, Souza charges at Weidman while swinging away at him. Weidman returns the favor and swings away at Souza, the fighters clinch and exchange some blows. Weidman backs up Souza by landing an elbow strike followed by a straight right, Souza then nails Weidman with a kick to the midsection. Souza still finds a way to crack Weidman with some rights, Souza destroys Weidman with a right and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #5 Ronaldo Souza def. #3 Chris Weidman by TKO via strikes (2:46, R3)

UFC Heavyweight Title Fight
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. #2 Derrick Lewis

Round One: The round begins with Lewis kicking Cormier in the midsection, Lewis also attacks Cormier with some leg kicks. Lewis looks for a head kick and Cormier blocks it, Cormier scores a takedown on Lewis and he gets the half guard. Cormier starts attacking Lewis with some ground and pound, Cormier gains back control against Lewis and Lewis scrambles to his feet. Cormier scores another takedown on Lewis and he gets the half guard again, Cormier goes back to attacking Lewis with ground and pound. Cormier gains back control against Lewis while landing more strikes, Lewis scrambles to a knee as Cormier lands more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round Two: The round begins with Cormier attacking Lewis with a kick to the midsection, Lewis attacks Cormier with a combination. Lewis starts taking some power swings against Cormier, Cormier scores a takedown on Lewis and Lewis gets right back up. Cormier holds Lewis against the cage wall before dragging him to the ground, Cormier gains side control against Lewis. Cormier then gains back control on Lewis while landing strikes, Cormier locks in the rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Daniel Cormier def. #2 Derrick Lewis by submission via rear naked choke (2:14, R2) to retain the title

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