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Friday, Mar 15, 2019

Anatomy of a Fight That Might Never Happen (Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Cormier)

Brock Lesnar (photo via UFC)

Next month, former UFC fighter Brock Lesnar is scheduled to defend his WWE Universal title at WrestleMania 35. After that match, there have been rumblings Lesnar wants to come back to the UFC to settle a score with UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. This is the title Cormier took from Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 last July. Fans will remember the confrontation between Lesnar and the newly crowned Heavyweight Champ at the end of that bot.

UFC President Dana White has already co-signed the fight between Lesnar and Cormier but admits nothing has really come together as of yet. No doubt, this is a fight MMA fans and gamblers would love to see.  The gamblers would be lining up to claim their online bonuses at all-promo-codes.com in order to build their bankrolls just before the fight date.

In spite of the enthusiasm, former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos (record 21-5) isn’t on board with the notion Lesnar deserves a title shot after three years of M.I.A. from the MMA. In fact, dos Santos believes there are a number of top-level contenders who should get a title shot before Lesnar is allowed to fight for any belt.

The man they call “Cigano” threw his two cents in about the idea of this match-up on the UFC Wichita post-fight show on ESPN+, after dispatching Derrick Lewis by second-round TKO.

When asked about which fighter should get the next shot at the heavyweight title, dos Santos did not mince words. He said, “For sure, not Brock Lesnar. It doesn’t make sense. … No, no, I’m a fan. I like to see Brock Lesnar fighting, but not for the title. He’s not even part of the sport right now. He cannot come back and fight for the title like this. I know ‘DC’ wants to make money, but man, it doesn’t make sense.”

At the age of 41, Lesnar is certainly reaching the twilight of his career. His last UFC fight took place three years ago, a unanimous victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 (which was eventually overturned to a no-contest). Any attempt by White to push Lesnar to the front of the title line would certainly be controversial at the least. Admittedly, one of the reasons why Lesnar has not seen any recent UFC action has to do with Lesnar’s drug-test failure for the prohibited substance clomiphene. For the offense, he received a one-year suspension and a massive fine.

According to dos Santos, there are three contenders right now who are more deserving of a chance at the title against Cormier. Among the three he mentioned were Stipe Miocic, Francis Ngannou and even himself. He even mentioned the idea of Jon Jones stepping up from his Light-Heavyweight Champion belt to fight at this higher level if the money was right.

In response to this being a marketing issue, dos Santos said, “Of course, I do understand that. But I cannot agree that this fight with Brock Lesnar makes sense, because it doesn’t. But of course, politics — it’s politics. They can do whatever they want, but it doesn’t make sense.”

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:31 am
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