UFC 241: Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic Run it Back
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Anaheim, California--- UFC 241 takes places live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will feature a heavyweight main event for the UFC Heavyweight Championship as the champion Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier defends his title against the man he took it from, Stipe Miocic.
Cormier was originally going to defend his title against former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. Following the main event of UFC 226, Cormier called Lesnar into the octagon and a shoving match ensued before Lesnar cut a pro wrestling style promo before leaving.
A fight between the two seemed inevitable and with Lesnar’s USADA suspension up in January 2019, it looked like the fight would be announced during that time however, Lesnar ultimately decided to return to WWE and retire from MMA instead, allowing Miocic to get his rematch.
Cormier and Miocic fought last year during the UFC’s International Fight Week at UFC 226, which saw the then-UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Cormier defeat Miocic by knockout at 4:33 of the first-round to become a two-division champion. Not only did Cormier become the latest two-division champion in the promotion’s history, but his win made the argument that he is the greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time.
Since then, Cormier successfully retained his championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 while Miocic hasn’t fought, so he’s had time to refocus and work on improving his game plan as opposed to Cormier who has had to recover from a few injuries.
It’ll be interesting to see how this fight plays out this time around; both men have weighed in less than their previous encounter and the first fight gives them familiarity with one another and has allowed both men to observe closely and make any adjustments during their training camps.
Based on their previous fight, Cormier will be viewed as the favourite and rightfully so; he won by first-round knockout and has never been defeated at heavyweight even going back to his time in StrikeForce and will look to continue that as he fights Miocic for the second time.
One of the biggest questions coming out of this event is what’ll be next for Cormier? Win, lose, or draw, Cormier has stated in the past that he intended to retire when he turned 40. Now at 40-years of age and having accomplished everything in the sport, it’ll be interesting to see if Cormier decides to retire after the fight or if he fights one more time against Jon Jones, who’s been the only fighter to defeat him in MMA.
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