Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Brock Lesnar Enters Octagon At UFC 226, Goes After Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier faces Alexander Gustafsson in 2015 Modal Trigger Daniel Cormier faces Alexander Gustafsson in 2015. Getty Images
Diane Mills | 09 July, 2018, 04:18

Cormier (21-1, 1 no-contest) flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right elbow out of a clinch. Cormier's first round KO made him the first competitor to hold the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight straps simultaneously.

McGregor won the UFC lightweight title in late 2016, adding to the featherweight belt which he also held at the time.

Saturday, July 7, at UFC 226, Cormier has an opportunity to take a big step toward that distinction if he can get past heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to become only the second ever simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. Lesnar is a former UFC heavyweight champion and has been heavily rumored to be entertaining the idea of a return to MMA.

Speaking to the press after the event, UFC president Dana White wouldn't confirm the date or the venue, but he did confirm that Lesnar would indeed be Cormier's first UFC heavyweight title defence, saying: "We're definitely going to make that fight". The 35-year-old Miocic enters the match-up riding a six-fight winning streak that includes five wins by stoppage. I think any time you lose to a fighter-I look at my own case, I'm sure I went against some guys pre-USADA that were using, however, I still lost that fight. "I never knew what I could become, but tonight I got the answer".

"I don't want to fight him if he's dirty, man", Cormier said. He and Cormier served as coaches on the recent season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series.

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In the beginning of 2018, the speculation in wrestling was Lesnar's contract ran out after Wrestlemania and would be returning to the UFC.

The reigning light-heavyweight champion went into the bout as the huge underdog, which was partly down to the fact he hadn't fought in the heavyweight division for almost five years. "I'm a two-division champion, baby".

The pair shook hands and raised their fists for the cameras, with Miocic standing a few inches taller than his veteran opponent. Ngannou, who landed a paltry 11 strikes over three rounds, was thought to be the UFC's next heavyweight force before Miocic dominated him in January.

That's a big, big difference, and could easily be the difference in the fight.

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