Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and also the date and competition 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 is not returning to the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic in a rematch at a UFC PPV later this summer, taking place August 17 in Anaheim, California. It is not yet known if that PPV is going to be called UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing 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, following Cormier knocked out Miocic last summer at UFC 226, Lesnar entered the Octagon and shoved Cormier, together with the UFC announcing plans for this struggle to be following. Instead, it never occurred. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier proceeded to make a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had retained high hopes of obtaining a rematch. It wasn’t expected the UFC would reward him one, but now it appears that’s 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 along with a No Choice to Jones, Cormier was flawless in his MMA career. He’s currently riding a three-fight win series, with victories over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his past three contests. He hasn’t lost a fight in more than four decades, because the first Jones bout. Now 40 decades old, Cormier does not have many fights left in him, and it was expected he’d fight Lesnar and possibly 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 has not fought since his surprising 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 had been demanding a rematch from Cormier for a while, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar could get the rematch. However, with Lesnar now not being part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is getting the rematch he warrants.
Though Miocic was the favorite heading into the first fight, it is hard to see him being favored in the rematch. On the contrary, it appears quite probable that Cormier will be the betting favorite for this second fight. After all, he deserves it believing he pumped out Miocic the very first time that they fought. That isn’t to say it will not be an intriguing rematch. Miocic has all of the capabilities in the world to make the adjustments necessary to make the rematch a more aggressive fight, and today we’ll learn whether he can do so. He will be looking to reclaim his gold this summer, while Cormier will probably be seeking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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