If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, wants to get revenge on Francis Ngannou for stopping teammate Cain Velasquez in the UFC on ESPN 1 main event last night in Phoenix, he’s going to have to wait until later this year.
That’s because “DC” already has a date to the big dance, though no specific timeline was given for the champ’s latest title defense. In addition, promotion president, Dana White, would not reveal the name of Cormier’s potential suitor.
But did confirm it wasn't “The Predator.”
“Well yeah, Francis is there,” White told ESPN. “Cormier’s hurt right now and we have another fight lined up for Cormier first so, we’ll see how this whole thing plays out. [Cormier] is not healthy yet so I would never announce a fight without it being done. It makes no sense. I don’t even know when Cormier’s gonna be ready.”
When he is, expect Brock Lesnar to be the leading candidate.
Of course, we also have that Jon Jones trilogy, assuming “Bones” can get past Anthony Smith at UFC 235 next month in Las Vegas. And while former champion, Stipe Miocic, wants to avenge his loss to Cormier, neither White nor Cormier are on board with that plan.
The extent of Cormier’s undisclosed injury is unknown, but we do know his time on the bench will conveniently allow Lesnar to wrap up his duties at WrestleMania and also complete his drug testing with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
In the interim, do we book Ngannou vs. the winner of this fight?