Brock Lesnar is not coming back, and also the date and opponent 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 to the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic at a rematch at a UFC PPV later this summer, taking place August 17 at 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 a stop to the rumors that Lesnar will 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, together with the UFC announcing plans for that fight to be following. Instead, it never happened. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier went on to earn a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had kept high hopes of obtaining a rematch. It was not anticipated the UFC would reward him one, but it appears that is 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 reduction to Jon Jones and a No Decision to Jones, Cormier has been flawless in his MMA career. He is currently riding a three-fight win streak, with victories over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his past three contests. He has not lost a fight in more than four years, since the very first Jones bout. Now 40 years old, Cormier does not have lots of fights left in himand it was expected he would struggle Lesnar and maybe Jones for a third period before drifting off into the sunset. Rather, he will take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall from the UFC. He hasn’t fought since his sudden KO loss to Cormier last summer, but before that has been 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 was demanding a rematch from Cormier for some time, but the UFC was adamant that Lesnar could find the rematch. However, with Lesnar now not being part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is getting the rematch he warrants.
Though Miocic was the preferred heading into the first fight, it’s hard to see him being preferred in the rematch. On the contrary, it seems quite likely that Cormier will be the betting favorite with this second fight. After all, he deserves it considering he brutally knocked out Miocic the first time they fought. That is not to say it will not be an intriguing rematch. Miocic has all the capabilities on the planet to make the adjustments necessary to create the rematch a more aggressive fight, and now we’ll learn whether he can do so. He will be looking to reclaim his gold that summer, while Cormier will probably be seeking to get another win and continue to construct his legacy.
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