Daniel Cormier’s dream-fight against the WWE superstar Brock Lesnar is seemingly no longer happening, as the UFC move towards a UFC 241 rematch between him and the former-champ Stipe Miocic.
In many ways, the Lesnar fight just didn’t capture the imagination of the fans in the manner that the UFC had perhaps hoped it would.
The hulking former champion had been linked to a shot at the heavyweight title, despite his lengthy absence from competition and the fact that he had not picked up an officially-recognized victory in nine years.
It was a tough sell but it did seem as though the UFC were prepared to forgo all logic and make the fight.
Now, however, Dana White has claimed that Brock is finished with the sport.
Dana White: “Brock Lesnar told me he’s done. He’s retiring.”
UFC pivoting interest in Cormier’s next fight to Stipe Miocic rematch. Story coming via myself and @arielhelwani shortly.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 1, 2019
Stipe Miocic will reportedly be the next in line for the former two-division champion and defending heavyweight king Cormier.
UFC 226 played host to the first meeting between these two legendary heavyweights. It was a competitive fight while it lasted but in knocking Miocic out in the first-round, DC managed to put to bed the calls from his opponent for an instant rematch.
Stipe has been content to sit on the sidelines since that loss, which came in July of last year, and has been campaigning tirelessly for a rematch against Cormier – which will now reportedly take place thirteen months after the first offering.
As things stand, the fight is being lined up for UFC 241 in Anaheim, California on August 17.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena