Brock Lesnar is not coming back, and the date and opponent for the next title 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 fight Stipe Miocic in 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 called UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing of this rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts an end to the rumors that Lesnar will be returning to the Octagon to fight Cormier. If you remember, following Cormier knocked out Miocic past summer at UFC 226, Lesnar entered the Octagon and pushed Cormier, with all the UFC announcing plans for that fight to be following. On the contrary, it never happened. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier proceeded to earn a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had kept high hopes about getting a rematch. It was not expected the UFC would reward him with one, but now it appears that’s the situation.
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. Besides a reduction to Jon Jones and a No Decision to Jones, Cormier was 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 more than four decades, since the first Jones bout. Now 40 decades old, Cormier doesn’t have many fights left in him, and it was expected he’d struggle Lesnar and possibly Jones for a third period before riding off into the sunset. Instead, he’ll take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall from the UFC. He has not fought since his sudden KO loss to Cormier last summer, but before which 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 some time, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar would get the rematch. But with Lesnar now not being part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is receiving the rematch he deserves.
Although Miocic was the favorite heading into the first battle, it is difficult to see him being favored in the rematch. On the contrary, it appears quite likely that Cormier will be the betting favorite with this second fight. After all, he deserves it believing he pumped out Miocic the first time they fought. That isn’t to say it won’t be an intriguing rematch. Miocic has all the abilities in the world to make the adjustments required to make the rematch a more competitive fight, and today we’ll find out if he can do so. He will be seeking to recover his gold that summer, while Cormier will be looking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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