Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and also the date and opponent for another name defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been put.
According to a report from ESPN, after Lesnar informed 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 is not yet known if this PPV is going to be known as UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing of the rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts a stop 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 this fight to be next. 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 expected the UFC would reward him one, but it appears 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. Besides a loss to Jon Jones and a No Decision to Jones, Cormier has been flawless in his MMA career. He’s now riding a three-fight win streak, with successes over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his past three contests. He has not lost a fight in more than four decades, since the very first Jones bout. Now 40 years old, Cormier does not have many fights left in himand it was expected he’d struggle Lesnar and maybe Jones to get a third period before riding off into the sunset. Instead, he’ll now 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 which 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 against Cormier for some time, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar could get the rematch. However, with Lesnar currently not being part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is receiving the rematch he warrants.
Although Miocic was the favorite heading into the first battle, it is hard to see him being preferred in the rematch. On the contrary, it seems quite likely that Cormier is going to be the betting favorite for this second battle. After all, he deserves it believing he pumped out Miocic the first time they fought. That is not to say it will not be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all of the abilities in the world to make the adjustments required to make the rematch a more competitive fight, and now we will find out whether he can do so. He will be seeking to recover his gold this summer, while Cormier will probably be looking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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