Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and the date and competition for the next name defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been put.
According to a report by ESPN, after Lesnar told UFC president Dana White he is not returning into the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic at a rematch at a UFC PPV after this summer, taking place August 17 in Anaheim, California. It’s not yet known if this PPV will be known as UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing of this rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts an end to the rumors that Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon to fight Cormier. If you recall, following Cormier knocked out Miocic last summer at UFC 226, Lesnar entered the Octagon and shoved Cormier, with the UFC announcing plans for this fight to be next. Instead, it never happened. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier went on to make a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had retained high hopes of obtaining a rematch. It was not anticipated the UFC would reward him with one, but now it seems that’s the case.
Cormier (22-1, 1 NC) is 11-1, 1 NC from the UFC with a perfect 4-0 record as a heavyweight inside the Octagon. Aside from a loss to Jon Jones and a No Choice to Jones, Cormier has been flawless in his MMA career. He is now riding a three-fight win streak, with victories over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir within his past three contests. He hasn’t lost a fight in over four decades, since the very first Jones bout. Now 40 years of age, Cormier does not have many fights left in him, and it was expected he’d struggle Lesnar and maybe Jones to get a third time before riding off into the sunset. Instead, he will take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall in the UFC. He has not fought since his sudden KO loss to Cormier last summer, but before that was riding a six-fight win streak that included victories over the likes of Franics Ngannou, Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. He had been demanding a rematch against Cormier for a while, but the UFC was adamant that Lesnar could find the rematch. But with Lesnar currently not being a part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is getting the rematch he deserves.
Though Miocic was the preferred heading into the first fight, it is difficult to see him being favored in the rematch. Instead, it seems quite likely that Cormier will be the betting favorite for this second fight. After all, he deserves it considering he pumped out Miocic the very first time that they fought. That is not to say it will not be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all of the abilities on the planet to make the adjustments required to make the rematch a more aggressive struggle, and now we will learn if he can do so. He will be looking to recover his gold this summer, while Cormier will be looking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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