Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and also the date and opponent for another name defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was put.
According to a report by ESPN, after Lesnar informed UFC president Dana White he isn’t returning into the Octagon, Cormier will now struggle Stipe Miocic at 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 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 fight 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 happened. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier went on to earn a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had kept high hopes of obtaining a rematch. It was not anticipated the UFC would reward him one, but it seems that’s 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. Aside from a loss to Jon Jones along with a No Choice to Jones, Cormier was 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 has not lost a fight in more than four years, since the very 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 possibly Jones for a third period before drifting off into the sunset. Instead, he’ll now take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall in the UFC. He has not 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 had been demanding a rematch against Cormier for a while, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar could get the rematch. But with Lesnar now not being part of the UFC’s future plans, Miocic is getting the rematch he deserves.
Though Miocic was the favorite heading into the first fight, it is difficult to see him being favored in the rematch. Instead, it appears quite probable that Cormier is going to be the betting favorite with this second battle. After all, he deserves it considering he brutally knocked out Miocic the first time they fought. That is not to say it won’t be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all of the capabilities in the world to make the adjustments necessary to create the rematch a more competitive struggle, and now we will find out whether he can accomplish this. He’ll be looking to reclaim his gold this summer, while Cormier will be looking to get another win and continue to construct his legacy.
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