Daniel Cormier was waiting for a fight against WWE star and former UFC champion Brock Lesnar, but that never came to fruition. Now, the current heavyweight champion will rematch Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 241 in August instead.
Although “DC” beat Miocic by first-round knockout, the 40-year-old wants to prove he is the superior fighter in the rematch.
“The upside to beating Stipe twice, I think it’s just really hammering the point home that it was what it was supposed to be,” Daniel Cormier said backstage at UFC 237 (h/t MMA Junkie). “When the fight ends in the way that it did the first time, there’s room for people to say, ‘Did he get lucky? Did this happen?’ I think ultimately this isn’t for me. I’m doing this because he deserves a rematch. If I was like, ‘I don’t need to redo this again,’ I could’ve just gone with someone else. But I gave him my word that if Brock didn’t fight, I’d fight him. So that’s what I’m going to do.”
Since their last fight, Miocic hasn’t fought as he has been waiting for the rematch. Cormier, meanwhile, fought at UFC 230 where he submitted Derrick Lewis to defend the heavyweight title.
Ultimately, Daniel Cormier will be fully healthy for this fight and expects that the result will be the same. With that, ‘DC’ still believes that Miocic will be better than ever for their rematch.
“I don’t think anything’s going to be different with Miocic,” Cormier said. “I have to approach it similar. But, I do expect a better Stipe. I know how hard it’ll be to beat him again, because I know how hard I prepared for the rematch with (Jon) Jones. Because I was just like him. I was in his position before, and I know how motivated I was to try to right that wrong. So I expect a tougher fight, but he’s a boxer and a wrestler. That’s exactly what he does, and I expect him to be better in his areas, but he’ll be the same fighter, just a little more aggressive.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/15/2019