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Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back, and also the date and competition for the next name defense of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was set.
According to a report by ESPN, after Lesnar informed UFC president Dana White he is not returning into the Octagon, Cormier will now fight Stipe Miocic at a rematch at a UFC PPV after this summer, taking place August 17 in Anaheim, California. It is not yet known if that PPV will be called UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing of the rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts an end to the rumors that Lesnar will 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 proceeded to earn 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 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. Besides a reduction to Jon Jones along with a No Choice to Jones, Cormier has been flawless in his MMA career. He’s currently riding a three-fight win streak, with successes over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir over his last three contests. He has not lost a fight in over four decades, since the very first Jones bout. Now 40 decades of age, Cormier doesn’t have lots of fights left in him, and it was expected he would fight Lesnar and possibly Jones for a third time before riding off into the sunset. Rather, he will take on Miocic at a rematch.
Miocic (18-3) is 12-3 overall from 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 from Cormier for a while, but the UFC was adamant that Lesnar would find the rematch. However, with Lesnar now not being a part of the UFC’s future programs, Miocic is getting the rematch he warrants.
Though Miocic was the favorite heading into the first fight, 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 with this second battle. After all, he deserves it believing he pumped out Miocic the first time that they fought. That isn’t to say it won’t be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all the capabilities on the planet to make the adjustments necessary to create the rematch a more aggressive fight, and now we will find out whether he can do so. He will be looking to reclaim his gold this summer, while Cormier will probably be looking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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