The former heavyweight champion of the world Stipe Miocic will finally get a shot at current UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for the second time. According to the UFC president Dana White who told ESPN, the fight is in works for UFC 241 which will take place on August 17 in Anaheim, California.
Both sides have verbally agreed to the bout. Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic previously fought at the T-Mobile Arena last year at UFC 226 and Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first round.
Cormier recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show where he outlined his fighting future. He revealed that he will fight Miocic next then ultimately fight Jon Jones for the final time unless Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon again.
“It’s all I want,” he told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I think when I fight Jones, I feel most complete when I’m preparing for competition against that guy.”
Cormier revealed that a rematch with Miocic will be tougher than the first time around, where DC knocked him out in the first round.
“I just don’t know how I can beat him better than I beat him last time.”
“If you want to get right competitively, you go back and get the one you lost,” Cormier said. “If I don’t, trust me, I can be fine. But I’m just fiercely competitive. So when I say if there is another fight after (Miocic), it would have to be that one.”
Speaking of Brock Lesnar, the current UFC heavyweight champion said that he has no idea as to why Lesnar isn’t up for fighting him next.
“I think that Brock’s a competitor, and if the right opportunity presents itself for him, he would do it,” Cormier said. “The guy’s a fighter. Everybody (expletive) on Brock Lesnar and says these guys can’t fight, but he’s a fighter and he’s a competitor. And he likes money. So for the right amount of money and the right opportunity, I’m sure he could be convinced to come back.”