Brock Lesnar is not coming back, and the date and competition for another name defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was set.
According to a report by ESPN, after Lesnar informed UFC president Dana White he is not returning into the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic in a rematch in a UFC PPV after this summer, taking place August 17 in Anaheim, California. It is not yet known if this PPV will be known as UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing of the rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts an end to the rumors that Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon to combat 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 struggle 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 obtaining a rematch. It was not anticipated the UFC would reward him with one, but now it seems that is 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. Aside from a reduction to Jon Jones along with a No Decision to Jones, Cormier was flawless in his MMA career. He’s currently riding a three-fight win series, with victories over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his last three contests. He has not lost a fight in more than four decades, because the very first Jones bout. Now 40 years old, Cormier doesn’t have many fights left in him, and it was expected he would fight Lesnar and maybe Jones to get a third time before riding off into the sunset. Rather, he will now take on Miocic in 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 would get 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 battle, it’s difficult to see him being favored in the rematch. On the contrary, it appears quite probable that Cormier will be the betting favorite for 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 interesting rematch. Miocic has all of the capabilities in the world to make the adjustments required to make the rematch a more competitive struggle, and now we’ll learn if he can do so. He’ll be looking to reclaim his gold this summer, while Cormier will probably be seeking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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