The UFC president has confirmed that Daniel Cormier will face off against Brock Lesnar for his next octagon outing.
UFC 226 has now come and gone and what an absolute treat it turned out to be. Memorable finishes, vicious exchanges and – barring one exception in the co-main – a real willingness to put on a show from those included, the event was by all accounts a huge success.
And while many talking points loom large over what transpired on the night, for most, it was the triumphant return of Daniel Cormier to the heavyweight division that truly earned the plaudits.
Fighting Stipe Miocic for the belt, DC achieved what many considered to be perhaps his most unlikely route to victory – a knockout in the very first-round – ending the record-breaking reign of the Cleveland-native in the most stunning of fashions.
It was a moment of pure elation for Cormier – who had, of course, experienced his fair share of lows over the course of his career. Taking to the mic in the fight’s immediate aftermath, however, he made a move that many had been speculating over the days that preceded the fight, in calling out the former-heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar.
And so the hulking behemoth that is the WWE superstar answered.
Taking to the octagon to confront the newly-crowned heavyweight champ, a minor scuffle occured between Lesnar and the team of Daniel Cormier and while the general consensus is that the entire thing was a bit artificial, UFC president Dana White later confirmed that the fight was the next on the cards for both men.
So there you have it. Cormier will get the big-money fight he has craved for so long and Lesnar will get himself into a title-shot that he frankly has no business being a part of, but alas, this is the sport as we know it nowadays.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena