Daniel Cormier’s opponent for his next title-defense has been determined, and it is not the wrestling star, Brock Lesnar.
The current UFC heavyweight champion has been campaigning for a showdown with Lesnar as he approaches the twilight of his career.
Cormier said he wants to fight the pay-per-view behemoth before he retires from fighting to no avail.
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.
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 recently claimed that it might not happen.
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Cormier Vs Stipe 2 Is Happening
Now, DC must say goodbye to his hopes for a super fight with Lesnar as White confirmed that he is set to face a different (but familiar) opponent.
According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the Nevada-based promotion is targeting the rematch between DC and Stipe Miocic for a pay-per-view event in August, with both camps already finalising a deal.
“BREAKING: DC vs Miocic 2 on tap for UFC pay-per-view on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, California. Both fighters confirm they are in the process of finalizing the bout,” Okamoto announced on Twitter.
“I’m ready. I’ve been ready. And I’m going to take back what’s mine,” Miocic warned Cormier, per ESPN.
DC dethroned Miocic as the king of the 265-pound division at UFC 226 last July with an impressive first-round knockout.
The victory also made Cormier the next simultaneous UFC two-weight champion as he also holds the light heavyweight championship that time.
DC Has Three Fights Left
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.
White said DC has agreed to fight three more times before he can call it a career.
These fights, according to the UFC chief, will be against Lesnar, Miocic, and Jon Jones.
“The first fight might be Stipe. We’re gonna wait for Cormier.”
“Cormier went back to the gym two weeks ago, did a light work out, and he’s still not healthy.”
“As soon as he is healthy to fight, we can make a decision on when we’re gonna do him and Stipe,” White said in a post-fight press conference, per MMA Fighting.
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Will it be a repeat for Cormier or revenge for Miocic?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic)