Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and also the date and competition for another title defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was put.
According to a report from ESPN, after Lesnar told UFC president Dana White he is not returning to the Octagon, Cormier will now fight Stipe Miocic in a rematch in a UFC PPV later 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 this rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts a stop to the rumors that Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon to combat Cormier. If you recall, following Cormier knocked out Miocic past summer at UFC 226, Lesnar entered the Octagon and pushed Cormier, together with all the UFC announcing plans for this fight to be following. On the contrary, it never occurred. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier proceeded to make 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 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. Aside from a reduction to Jon Jones and a No Choice to Jones, Cormier was perfect in his MMA career. He is now riding a three-fight win series, 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 of age, Cormier does not have lots of fights left in him, and it was expected he’d fight Lesnar and maybe Jones for a third time before riding off into the sunset. Instead, 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 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 against Cormier for some time, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar could find the rematch. But 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 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 for this second fight. After all, he deserves it considering he pumped out Miocic the first time that they fought. That isn’t to say it won’t be an intriguing rematch. Miocic has all the capabilities in the world to make the adjustments required to make the rematch a more competitive fight, and now we will find out if he can accomplish this. He will be looking to reclaim his gold that summer, while Cormier will probably be looking to get another win and continue to construct his legacy.
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