Stipe Miocic had successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title a record three times before running into light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 earlier this month.
Cormier, who brought an undefeated 13-0 heavyweight record with him, put an end to Miocic with one punch in the very first round. It marked the end of the most historic heavyweight title run in UFC history.
Making matters worse for Miocic is the fact that Cormier has landed an eventual superfight with former UFC champion and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar for his efforts at UFC 226. If Miocic had won, that money fight would have been his.
While UFC is desperately trying to bring Lesnar back and sell upwards of one million pay-per-view (PPV) buys in one shot, the argument can be made that Miocic deserves an immediate rematch with Cormier. That isn’t necessarily the biggest fight to make on paper considering Lesnar is one of UFC’s biggest cash cows, but it’s a bout that makes sense for legacy and sport.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan recently explained on the Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show why Miocic should get the chance to win his belt back:
“He should [get a rematch]. People are thinking, the guy wins more UFC title defenses than anybody in the history of the sport and becomes the most accomplished heavyweight of all time. Think about what he’s done. Think about the fact that he knocks out Fabricio Werdum to win the title, he knocks out Alistair Overeem to defend the title, he knocks out Junior dos Santos, beats Francis when everybody is terrified of Francis. He became the most accomplished heavyweight of all time. Then he gets knocked out by a crazy, perfect punch by Daniel Cormier in a perfect strategy.”
There’s no debate that Miocic has done enough inside of the Octagon to rematch “DC” later this year. But with Lesnar on the prowl and Cormier nearing retirement, the chances of Miocic getting his hands back on the UFC heavyweight title any time soon are extremely slim.
While Miocic has publicly bashed UFC for welcoming the Brock Lesnar Circus back into town, it isn’t going to do much in the long run. The promotion is dead set on making the most money as humanly possible and that just happens to come at the expense of a great former heavyweight champion.