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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 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 after this summer, taking place August 17 at Anaheim, California. It’s not yet known if this PPV will be called UFC 240 or UFC 241.
The revealing of the rematch between Cormier and Miocic puts a stop to the rumors that Lesnar will be returning to the Octagon to fight Cormier. If you remember, 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 struggle to be next. Instead, it never occurred. Lesnar continued to wrestle for WWE while Cormier went on to earn a successful title defense against Derrick Lewis. Miocic, meanwhile, had retained high hopes of obtaining a rematch. It was not expected the UFC would reward him with one, but now it appears 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 reduction to Jon Jones and a No Choice to Jones, Cormier was perfect in his MMA career. He is now riding a three-fight win streak, with victories over Lewis, Miocic and Volkan Oezdemir within his past three contests. He hasn’t lost a fight in over four years, since the first Jones bout. Now 40 years old, Cormier doesn’t have many fights left in himand it was expected he’d fight Lesnar and possibly Jones to get a third period before riding off into the sunset. Instead, he will take on Miocic at 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 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 was demanding a rematch from Cormier for some time, but the UFC was adamant that Lesnar could find 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 preferred heading into the first fight, it’s hard to see him being favored in the rematch. Instead, it appears quite probable that Cormier is going to be the betting favorite for this second battle. After all, he deserves it believing he pumped out Miocic the first time they fought. That isn’t to say it will not be an interesting rematch. Miocic has all the abilities in the world to make the adjustments necessary to make the rematch a more aggressive struggle, and today we will find out if he can do so. He’ll be seeking to reclaim his gold this summer, while Cormier will be seeking to get another win and continue to build his legacy.
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