As much as UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wants to
face Brock Lesnar next, the fight may not happen after all.
Speculation has been running wild for weeks that Lesnar
would return to the UFC following his most recent run in World Wrestling
Entertainment (WWE) came to an end. Lesnar then dropped the WWE Universal title
at WrestleMania 35 in early April, which seemed to signal an even greater
chance that he was returning to the UFC to challenge Cormier for heavyweight
Now according to UFC president Dana White, the potential
Cormier vs. Lesnar fight may be off the title entirely.
“Seriously, that fight isn’t even in the works,” White said
on Friday during the UFC’s special kickoff press conference. “That might not
even happen first. Nothing happened, we haven’t even talked to Brock. I don’t
know if he’ll fight again, but we don’t have a date for him right now. First
fight [for Cormier] might be Stipe [Miocic].”
That news will certainly appease Miocic, who has been
banging the drum for a rematch against Cormier after suffering a first round
knockout loss to him last July.
Miocic was the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC
history before Cormier defeated him for the title at UFC 226.
While all signs were pointing towards Cormier defending his
belt in August after recovering from a back injury, White says nothing is set
in stone right now because the heavyweight champion is still not entirely
certain when he can fight again.
As far as Lesnar goes, White says he still hasn’t spoken to him
any time recently so he’s not sure what his plans are now or in the future but
the UFC isn’t going to wait around much longer to find out.
“We’ve gotta wait for Cormier. Cormier went back in the gym
I think two weeks ago and did a light workout. He’s still not healthy,” White
said. “So as soon as he’s healthy to fight, we can make a decision on when we
can do him and if it’s Stipe.
“Nothing happened [with Lesnar]. That was what we wanted to
do, but Brock and I haven’t even talked. Like I’ve said many times, when Brock
Lesnar is ready, he’ll call me.”