Daniel Cormier retains his heavyweight UFC title with a win over Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier retains his heavyweight UFC title with a win over Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier retained his UFC heavyweight title with a win over Derrick Lewis.

Lewis earned the title fight after beating Alexander Volkov less than a month ago, but his quick return to the Octagon could not pay off after hitting the second round of the New York clash.

American Cormier controlled the fight from the start and grabbed a takedown after just under a minute in the first round.

Daniel Cormier celebrates with his UFC heavyweight belt after a successful title defense

Daniel Cormier celebrates with his UFC heavyweight belt after a successful title defense

Daniel Cormier celebrates with his UFC heavyweight belt after a successful title defense

The American proved too strong for Derrick Lewis, who won with an assist in the second round

The American proved too strong for Derrick Lewis, who won with an assist in the second round

The American proved too strong for Derrick Lewis, who won with an assist in the second round

Cormier is the first fighter to defend both light heavyweight and heavyweight titles

Cormier is the first fighter to defend both light heavyweight and heavyweight titles

Cormier is the first fighter to defend both light heavyweight and heavyweight titles

The winner lets his children Daniel (left) and Marquita (right) wear his belt

The winner lets his children Daniel (left) and Marquita (right) wear his belt

The winner lets his children Daniel (left) and Marquita (right) wear his belt

Cormier was stung by Lewis's right hand in the second, but the champion soon had his opponent back on the canvas. A nude swallow finished the job at 2.14.

With the victory, Cormier became the first man to defend both the heavyweight and heavyweight belts.

Quoted on the UFC website, Cormier said after the fight: "There are no surprises for me. I come in here and try to do my thing.

"If you come here with the chance of a punche, that's not enough, you have to be one of the best in the world to compete in. Derrick is good, but he's not at that level yet."

Cormier controlled most of the competition and sat down from the beginning on Lewis

Cormier controlled most of the competition and sat down from the beginning on Lewis

Cormier controlled most of the competition and sat down from the beginning on Lewis

The reigning champion gets some punches after fixing Lewis on the screen in New York

The reigning champion gets some punches after fixing Lewis on the screen in New York

The reigning champion gets some punches after fixing Lewis on the screen in New York

Lewis tries to counter the kick, which proved futile when he lost in the second round

Lewis tries to counter the kick, which proved futile when he lost in the second round

Lewis tries to counter the kick, which proved futile when he lost in the second round

Cormier sends Lewis to the screen while keeping the upper hand in the competition

Cormier sends Lewis to the screen while keeping the upper hand in the competition

Cormier sends Lewis to the screen while keeping the upper hand in the competition

Before the main event, Karl Roberson had won a convincing unanimous decision on the Welsh Jack Marshman middleweight.

Marshman wanted to recover after his defeat by Antonio Carlos Jr last month but was denied after three rounds at Madison Square Garden.

Former kickboxer Roberson set the tone on the first round after his first loss to Cezar Ferreira on the UFC 224, and attempted an early header that was blocked by Marshman.

Karl Roberson celebrates after his win at middleweight against Jack Marshman of Wales

Karl Roberson celebrates after his win at middleweight against Jack Marshman of Wales

Karl Roberson celebrates after his win at middleweight against Jack Marshman of Wales

Roberson makes his way to Marshman when he won the third round in New York

Roberson makes his way to Marshman when he won the third round in New York

Roberson makes his way to Marshman when he won the third round in New York

Marshman struggled to land his blows and did his best to hit his target with his leg strikes, but was sent to the fence by a series of left hands from Roberson.

In the second round, Marshman came out strong and unleashed a flood of punches, but a Roberson takedown seemed to have secured him the round.

The 28-year-old continued to dominate with his left hand in the third and won the final decision with 30-26, 30-26, 30-27.

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