Brock Lesnar is not coming back, and the date and opponent for another name defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been set.
According to a report from ESPN, after Lesnar informed 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 in 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 fight 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 that struggle to be following. Instead, it never happened. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier went on to make a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had kept high hopes of obtaining a rematch. It was not expected the UFC would reward him one, but it seems that’s 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. Besides a loss to Jon Jones and a No Decision to Jones, Cormier has been flawless in his MMA career. He is currently riding a three-fight win series, with successes over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his last 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 many fights left in him, and it was expected he would fight Lesnar and maybe Jones to get 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 which 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 from Cormier for some time, but the UFC was determined that Lesnar could get the rematch. However, with Lesnar currently not being a part of the UFC’s future programs, Miocic is getting the rematch he deserves.
Though Miocic was the preferred heading into the first battle, it’s difficult to see him being preferred in the rematch. Instead, it seems quite likely that Cormier is going to be the betting favorite for this second battle. After all, he deserves it considering he pumped out Miocic the first time they fought. That isn’t to say it will not be an intriguing rematch. Miocic has all the capabilities on the planet to make the adjustments required to create the rematch a more competitive struggle, and now we’ll learn if he can accomplish this. He’ll be looking to reclaim his gold that summer, while Cormier will probably be seeking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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