Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and the date and opponent for another title defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been set.
According to a report from ESPN, after Lesnar told UFC president Dana White he isn’t returning into the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic in a rematch at a UFC PPV later this summer, taking place August 17 at Anaheim, California. It’s not yet known if this PPV is going to be known as UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The showing of this rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts an end to the rumors that Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon to combat Cormier. If you recall, after Cormier knocked out Miocic past summer at UFC 226, Lesnar entered the Octagon and shoved Cormier, with all the UFC announcing plans for this fight to be next. On the contrary, it never occurred. 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 of getting a rematch. It was not expected the UFC would reward him one, but now it appears that is the situation.
Cormier (22-1, 1 NC) is 11-1, 1 NC in the UFC with a perfect 4-0 record as a heavyweight inside the Octagon. Besides a reduction to Jon Jones along with a No Choice to Jones, Cormier has been flawless in his MMA career. He is now riding a three-fight win streak, with victories over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his last three contests. He hasn’t lost a fight in more than four years, because the first Jones bout. Now 40 years old, Cormier doesn’t have lots of fights left in him, and 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 in a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall in the UFC. He hasn’t fought since his surprising 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 adamant that Lesnar could find the rematch. However, with Lesnar now not being a part of the UFC’s future programs, Miocic is receiving the rematch he deserves.
Although Miocic was the favorite heading into the first battle, it is hard to see him being preferred in the rematch. Instead, it seems quite probable that Cormier will be the betting favorite with this second battle. After all, he deserves it believing he pumped out Miocic the first time that they fought. That is not to say it won’t be an intriguing rematch. Miocic has all the abilities on the planet to make the adjustments necessary to make the rematch a more competitive struggle, and now we will find out if he can do so. He’ll be looking to recover his gold this summer, while Cormier will probably be seeking to get another win and continue to construct his legacy.
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