Daniel “DC” Cormier’s opponent for his next title-defence has been determined, and it is against old rival, Stipe Miocic.
Daniel Cormier, the current UFC heavyweight champion, has been campaigning for a showdown with Brock Lesnar as he approaches the twilight of his career.
Cormier said to no avail that he wants to fight the pay-per-view behemoth before he retires from fighting.
His retirement, which was expected to happen on his 40th birthday last March, was put on hold as an injury from his first title-retention bid prolonged his layoff.
Meanwhile, Lesnar has re-entered the USADA drug testing program and was speculated to return to UFC after losing his Universal Championship at Wrestlemania 35.
DC also insisted that the wrestling star is very deserving of a title shot, being a former UFC champ and an All-American in college.
But all these talks on a Cormier vs Lesnar clash went down after UFC president Dana White claimed that the wrestling star has already retired from MMA.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 5, 2019
DC vs Miocic Rematch Is Official
Though DC probably won’t be fighting Lesnar anytime soon, UFC has officially booked Cormier and Miocic for their rematch, which will take place in the main event of UFC 241 in Anaheim, California.
Since losing the heavyweight championship, Miocic has been calling for an immediate rematch despite a lopsided defeat to Cormier.
DC, meanwhile, locked horns with Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 and successfully defended the 265-pound strap.
Miocic insisted that he deserved an immediate rematch, but DC was ducking him because of fear.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Cormier blasted his critics and his rival for saying he was ducking the immediate rematch with Stipe.
Cormier stressed that it was his physical condition that prevented him from rematching Miocic.
“You guys are so stupid. I couldn’t physically do it,” DC told Helwani, per MMA News.
DC recently shared that he underwent back surgery last December, which delayed his return to the cage and his scheduled retirement.
Done Being Nice
Though Miocic remained patient for their rematch, Cormier did not like his way of campaigning for the fight.
“I did not like the approach he took,” DC said.
“I just think he’s so good, even if he’d fought over the course of the year, he still would be in this same position.”
With this, DC vowed that he would no longer treat his rival nicely especially when they meet in the cage again.
“So I don’t feel I have to be nice to him anymore.”
“The whole time I said he was a bit entitled. These are conversations we had with the company.”
“He was just as happy as I was. So to make it seem like I was doing something wrong after I was the one that won the fight, I just felt like it was unfair. … I’m not wronging this guy.”
“I’m doing exactly what we were told to do after our first fight.” -(Quotes from MMA News)
— UFC (@ufc) May 5, 2019
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