Brock Lesnar Retires From MMA, UFC To Book Cormier Vs. Miocic Rematch
So much for Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar's MMA days appear to be over. The UFC had expected Lesnar to return to the famed Octagon following his episode with Cormier at UFC 226.
He stormed the cage after Cormier dethroned UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
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
But his anticipated return is firmly dead in the waters after he's confirmed his retirement to Dana White.
"He told me he's done, he's retired," White told ESPN. "We're going to move in another direction with Cormier."
The 41-year-old hasn't fought under the MMA promotion since UFC 200 back in 2016 and he'll continue to ply his trade in the WWE.
Lesnar retires with a 5-3 (1 NC) record in MMA, including two defences of the UFC heavyweight title.
So, what's next? Well, the UFC are now looking to book a rematch between Cormier and Miocic for UFC 241 in Anaheim, California.
UFC 241 is set to take place on August 17th.
With Brock Lesnar out of the picture, UFC now setting its sights on Daniel Cormier v Stipe Miocic 2 on 8/17 in Anaheim. First reported by @bokamotoESPN. Fight not finalized yet as all this has happened rather quickly, but that's what they want.
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 1, 2019
Cormier, who has suffered just one pro defeat in his MMA career, intended to call it a day by his 40th birthday which was last month.
But he's set to hold off retirement and take on Miocic for a second time.
Miocic, meanwhile, hasn't fought since his devastating KO to Cormier. He does, though, hold the record for most consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses (3).
He defended his belt against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou.
Cormier vs. Miocic 2 is the first fight scheduled for UFC 241.