Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and the date and competition for another title defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been put.
According to a report from ESPN, after Lesnar informed UFC president Dana White he isn’t returning into the Octagon, Cormier will now fight Stipe Miocic at a rematch in a UFC PPV later this summer, taking place August 17 at Anaheim, California. It is not yet known if that PPV is going to be called UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The showing 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 recall, after Cormier knocked out Miocic past summer at UFC 226, Lesnar entered the Octagon and pushed Cormier, with all the UFC announcing plans for this struggle 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 about getting a rematch. It wasn’t expected the UFC would reward him with one, but it seems 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. Aside from a loss to Jon Jones and a No Choice to Jones, Cormier was perfect in his MMA career. He is currently riding a three-fight win streak, with successes over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir within his past three contests. He has not lost a fight in more than four years, because the first Jones bout. Now 40 years old, Cormier does not have lots of fights left in himand it was expected he would struggle Lesnar and maybe Jones for a third period before drifting off into the sunset. Rather, he will now take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall from 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 had been demanding a rematch against Cormier for a while, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar could find the rematch. But with Lesnar now not being part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is getting the rematch he warrants.
Although Miocic was the preferred heading into the first fight, it’s difficult to see him being preferred in the rematch. Instead, it appears quite likely that Cormier will be the betting favorite with this second battle. After all, he deserves it considering he brutally knocked out Miocic the very first time that they fought. That is not to say it will not be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all of the capabilities on the planet to make the adjustments required to make the rematch a more aggressive fight, and now we will find out whether he can do so. He’ll be seeking 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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