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Daniel Cormier Targeting UFC 235 for Potential Retirement Fight vs. Brock Lesnar

After stepping in on short notice to help save the UFC 230 main event, the end is in sight for Daniel Cormier.
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Midnight Mania! Lesnar Pulled From WWE Raw, Focused on UFC

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It’s not a secret Brock Lesnar is planning on making his UFC return, but there are always questions with the big man, navigating as he does between the parallel universes of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Evidently, with his contract up and no relevant storylines for him, Lesnar has stopped appearing in the WWE and is focusing full-time on preparing for UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

That’s what Dave Meltzer said, anyway, in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via cagesideseats.com:

As far as Lesnar, his WWE contract expires in a few days. He was written out of storylines when Kurt Angle refused to give him his rematch. He was pulled by WWE off the Raw show this past week because nobody could come up with an idea for him that made sense. If he was staying, he could destroy everyone, but they weren’t going to have Strowman beat him since he had no matches left, and he had no matches to build up. He could go crazy and get suspended or fired, but that doesn’t do WWE any good to put more focus on him when he’s got no date to return. He is back training for fighting. He has dropped weight. He is going in with the idea of facing Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title in early 2019.

The fight makes very little divisional sense, with Curtis Blaydes a proven contender on a 6-fight unbeaten streak, and former champion Stipe Miocic adamant on getting a rematch with Cormier. Lesnar hasn’t officially won an MMA fight since 2010, his last bout with Mark Hunt overturned after he tested positive for anabolic steroids. Nonetheless, it is the fight the UFC are eager to make, as Lesnar always brings a bank-breaking audience willing to shell out the Pay-Per-View (PPV) dollars by the truckload.


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Daniel Cormier Throws Shade at Brock Lesnar for Scripted WWE Loss

When light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier snatched up the heavyweight belt after knocking out Stipe Miocic, the brand-spanking-new two division champ barely had a chance to slobber on the microphone before his postfight speech was interrupted by Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar, you see, used to be a UFC champ back in the day, has been earning a paycheck via pro wrestling escapades in the WWE, and remains the UFC’s “go to” guy for moving some pay-per-view numbers (despite has total lack of real relevance).

When Lesnar stepped into the cage to harass Cormier, it was of course to set up a future match-up between the two.

Well, Lesnar apparently “competed” on some big WWE event this past weekend, and after losing whatever nonsensical belt he held, Cormier blasted him on social media. He blasted him before the match, too, but it was really kinda sweet afterwards.

To me, losing a WWE belt is akin to playing Romeo in the school play: your butt is going to die at the end because it’s in the script, so where’s the suspense?

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Lesnar Drops His WWE Belt At Summerslam As UFC Run Looms

Brock Lesnar is no longer a WWE champion, making it all the more likely his next appearance will be in the UFC cage.

Brock Lesnar is no longer the WWE Universal champion.

Lesnar lost the belt to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE’s big Summerslam event from the Barclays Center in New York City, in what many believe is a precursor to his move from pro wrestling back into the UFC.

Those hoping for a more MMA-centric plotline – an appearance from expected opponent and two division UFC champ Daniel Cormier, perhaps – were disappointed to instead see only Braun Strowman appearing ringside in an attempt to cash in his ‘Money in the Bank’ insta-title shot briefcase. Instead, the only thing he got was an ass whupping from Lesnar, who beat Strowman mercilessly with a chair before tossing the briefcase across the arena.

That was enough of a distraction to allow Reigns to catch Lesnar with a spear, pinning him in what was a surprisingly quick main event for a big Summerslam. But as far as MMA fans are concerned, Lesnar has now lost his belt which seemed like an important requirement before he could return to the UFC.

As mentioned, Lesnar is expected to fight Daniel Cormier sometime in early 2019 once he is no longer under suspension from USADA, the drug testing agency that nailed him for clomiphene back in 2016. But according to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar hasn’t signed a bout agreement and is only bound to the UFC insofar as he can’t fight MMA for any other promotion.

That leaves the door open for Lesnar once again using the UFC to pry another big contract out of Vince McMahon and the WWE. But Lesnar’s jaunts back and forth from the UFC are big money and big visibility, a win win win for the UFC, Lesnar, and WWE. So unless another strange pro wrestling plot twist occurs, we can all look forward to seeing Lesnar challenge Cormier for the UFC heavyweight belt in early 2019.

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Daniel Cormier Willing to Give Stipe Miocic Rematch If Lesnar Misses Their Fight ‘For Any Reason’

It’s essentially settled that Daniel Cormier will make his first – and likely only – heavyweight title defense against Brock Lesnar at some point in early 2019.
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Miocic Rips UFC, Dana White For Brock Lesnar ‘S—t Show’

Prior to his UFC 226 title defense against Daniel Cormier, then-heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, told the combat sports media he would be willing to fight Brock Lesnar after giving birth to his daughter and taking some time off to enjoy her arrival.

But now that Lesnar — and the monster payday that comes with him — has been afforded to Cormier after “DC” captured the crown earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miocic has changed his tune on the “shit show” that transpired on fight night.

“It was a shit show and it was disrespectful,” Miocic told ESPN. “I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about. How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?”

To be fair, this happens in other sports too. I remember when the Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs in early 2017 but went on to play in the Super Bowl anyway because they can sell more tickets and more network ad space than the Atlanta Falcons.

Oh wait, that never happened, because football is a real sport where records and rankings actually mean something! So sorry. Let’s get back to Miocic, who doesn’t understand the difference between sports and prizefighting, but does recognize the difference between a real apology and a fake one.

“It was like a two-second conversation, [White] apologized for everything that happened in the cage,” Miocic said. “I just said, ‘Whatever.’ The apology didn’t mean anything. That’s what they want to happen.”

I can’t believe Miocic is suggesting this was planned.

Either way, Cormier is expected to fight Lesnar in early 2019, assuming Mark Hunt’s attorneys don’t pull off some kind of wacky injunction. Then again, if you ask this ex-champ, the WWE import is never going to make it to fight night anyway.

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Midnight Mania! DC: UFC ‘Punishing’ Lesnar… With Title Shot

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Well, that’s certainly one way to spin it.

Daniel Cormier is saying that, instead of a reward, the UFC is actually punishing Brock Lesnar with a title shot. Via FloCombat’s Damon Martin:

“Brock Lesnar’s getting punished for all his discretions,” Cormier told FloCombat following his win at UFC 226. “All the bad that he’s done, all the times that he’s left the UFC and come back to the UFC—even right now it could be seen as preferential treatment [since] he’s walking into a title fight.

“This isn’t preferential treatment for Brock Lesnar. This is a punishment.”

Doesn’t make sense to you? Cormier proceeds to elaborate.

“I’m telling you: The UFC is clear as day, [and] they are not rewarding Brock Lesnar,” Cormier said. “They are punishing him for some of the things he has done over the course of his career.”

Still not making sense? Perhaps DC really thinks that in an age where Conor McGregor fought in the second-biggest boxing match of all time and the U.S. has a reality TV star for a president, he can actually convince people up is down. His argument hinges on one important fact: he feels the UFC know he will beat Brock; they are putting Lesnar in with him over another, more winnable fight as punishment.

“I feel great going into the matchup with Brock,” Cormier said. “He’s a big, tough guy, a strong guy. He’s going to come in and he’s going to try and wrestle me. But once that wrestling fails him and his cardio fails him, he will not be able to handle what I’m bringing to the cage.

”He’s not going to be able to handle the pressure. He’s not going to be able to handle the power. He’s not going to be able to handle the approach. It’s just a different approach.”

“Once I figure his timing and feel his power, which I’m not afraid of, I think he’s going to be like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m in over my head,’” Cormier said. “But at that point you’re already in the Octagon and there’s no escaping it.”

Of course, this cornerstone fails to support DC’s logic, because the UFC also know Lesnar doesn’t have many more fights in him — judging by his teeth he probably doesn’t have a lot of life either — so they probably don’t care a lot whether he wins or loses (he is 0-2-1 since 2010. Wins and losses really don’t seem to matter that much at Lesnar’s fight schedule.) The UFC just want Brock in the biggest possible bouts at this point. In addition, DC is acting like a win over Lesnar won’t set him up as a bigger draw if and when Jon Jones returns.

I won’t fault DC for the angle, though. It’s straight out of a pro wrestling handbook, a good line to play up before a big fight. That’s what we are in for with a Lesnar return. But as Cormier himself reminds us, nothing is scripted once the cage doors close.


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Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar – Who Ya Got?

Daniel Cormier did what he needed to do to make himself great and notable, which is defeat Stipe Miocic to become both the reigning light-heavyweight champ and heavyweight champ simultaneously. Coming from the guy who would likely forever be stained by two losses to Jon Jones, this is just what the doctor ordered.

The UFC of course wasted no time getting Cormier’s next challenge into the cage, with former champ Brock Lesnar pushing Cormier around like he was a cutting a promo for WrestleMania. Considering both men’s accomplishments and abilities, it’s not hard to see who will be kicking whose butt.

As per MMAJunkie:

The oddsmakers like Daniel Cormier’s chances when it comes to a potential blockbuster fight against Brock Lesnar.

Following his historic win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, Cormier was installed as more than a 2-to-1 favorite (-225) to successfully defend his heavyweight title against Lesnar (+175) in a potential future matchup, according to odds posted Monday by online bookmaker Bovada. Cormier defeated Miocic, the UFC’s record-breaking former heavyweight champion, via first-round knockout at UFC 226 to become only the second man in the promotion’s history to hold two belts simultaneously.

UFC president Dana White confirmed at UFC 226’s post-fight press conference that Lesnar will indeed be the next man to challenge for the heavyweight title. The matchup won’t be able to take place until at least Jan. 8, 2019 — the first day Lesnar will be cleared to compete after he officially re-enrolled into the USADA testing pool on Monday.

A WWE superstar, Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC) held the UFC heavyweight title from 2008-10 until losing it via first-round knockout to Cormier’s friend and teammate, Cain Velasquez. Lesnar made his return to MMA in 2016 with a dominant decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, however that win was eventually overturned into a no contest as a result of Lesnar failing two pre-fight drug tests.

So yeah, Cormier beating Lesnar is purely academic. But really, it’s all about Cormier making waves and riding out his career as a pay-per-view draw. And maybe this could be the final act that puts him over the edge.

Here’s Cormier making some post-UFC 226 media rounds. Gotta make them bucks!

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Junior Dos Santos Says Brock Lesnar Likely Won’t Be Clean For UFC Return

The MMA world was turned upside down by the profane in-cage promo cut by Brock Lesnar after Daniel Cormier knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in their title fight at UFC 226 on Saturday. However, it seems few within the sport other than Cormier are excited about the WWE superstar’s UFC return. Count Junior dos Santos in with those who are dubious about Lesnar’s prospects.
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Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar – Who Ya Got?

Daniel Cormier did what he needed to do to make himself great and notable, which is defeat Stipe Miocic to become both the reigning light-heavyweight champ and heavyweight champ simultaneously. Coming from the guy who would likely forever be stained by two losses to Jon Jones, this is just what the doctor ordered.

The UFC of course wasted no time getting Cormier’s next challenge into the cage, with former champ Brock Lesnar pushing Cormier around like he was a cutting a promo for WrestleMania. Considering both men’s accomplishments and abilities, it’s not hard to see who will be kicking whose butt.

As per MMAJunkie:

The oddsmakers like Daniel Cormier’s chances when it comes to a potential blockbuster fight against Brock Lesnar.

Following his historic win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, Cormier was installed as more than a 2-to-1 favorite (-225) to successfully defend his heavyweight title against Lesnar (+175) in a potential future matchup, according to odds posted Monday by online bookmaker Bovada. Cormier defeated Miocic, the UFC’s record-breaking former heavyweight champion, via first-round knockout at UFC 226 to become only the second man in the promotion’s history to hold two belts simultaneously.

UFC president Dana White confirmed at UFC 226’s post-fight press conference that Lesnar will indeed be the next man to challenge for the heavyweight title. The matchup won’t be able to take place until at least Jan. 8, 2019 — the first day Lesnar will be cleared to compete after he officially re-enrolled into the USADA testing pool on Monday.

A WWE superstar, Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC) held the UFC heavyweight title from 2008-10 until losing it via first-round knockout to Cormier’s friend and teammate, Cain Velasquez. Lesnar made his return to MMA in 2016 with a dominant decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, however that win was eventually overturned into a no contest as a result of Lesnar failing two pre-fight drug tests.

So yeah, Cormier beating Lesnar is purely academic. But really, it’s all about Cormier making waves and riding out his career as a pay-per-view draw. And maybe this could be the final act that puts him over the edge.

Here’s Cormier making some post-UFC 226 media rounds. Gotta make them bucks!

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