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 from ESPN, after Lesnar told UFC president Dana White he isn’t returning to the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic in a rematch at a UFC PPV after this summer, taking place August 17 at Anaheim, California. It’s not yet known if that PPV is going to be known as UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The showing of the rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts a stop to the rumors that Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon to fight Cormier. If you recall, after 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 following. On the contrary, 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 about getting a rematch. It was not expected the UFC would reward him with 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. Besides a loss to Jon Jones along with a No Decision to Jones, Cormier has been perfect in his MMA career. He is currently riding a three-fight win streak, with successes over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his last three contests. He has not lost a fight in more than four years, since the first Jones bout. Now 40 decades of age, Cormier does not have many fights left in himand it was expected he would fight Lesnar and maybe Jones for a third period before riding off into the sunset. Instead, he will now take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall in the UFC. He has not fought since his surprising 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 was demanding a rematch from Cormier for some time, but the UFC was adamant that Lesnar would get the rematch. However, with Lesnar currently not being part of the UFC’s future programs, Miocic is getting the rematch he warrants.
Although Miocic was the favorite heading into the first battle, it is hard to see him being favored in the rematch. Instead, it appears quite likely that Cormier is going to be the betting favorite with this second battle. After all, he deserves it believing he brutally knocked out Miocic the first time that they fought. That isn’t to say it will not be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all the capabilities on the planet to make the adjustments necessary to make the rematch a more aggressive fight, and today we’ll find out if he can do so. He will be looking to recover his gold that summer, while Cormier will probably be looking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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