UFC President Dana White threw cold water on reports of a championship fight between UFC heavyweight champion and former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier and former champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 240 in August. The promotion could end up booking a rematch between Stipe Miocic and Cormier.
“That fight isn’t even in the works. That fight might not even happen,” White said of the reported Cormier vs. Lesnar match. “That fight might not even happen first.”
Boos rained down from the crowd after White’s comment.
“That’s what Cormier said, too,” White replied. “Nothing happened. We haven’t even talked to Brock. We don’t have a date for him right now.
Lesnar lost WWE’s Universal championship to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 35 on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Lesnar did not appear on WWE’s flagship television show “Monday Night RAW” the next night.
White expects to hear from Lesnar when he’s ready to fight again, but doesn’t know when that will be. White also said Cormier isn’t healthy enough to compete. Cormier said in February that he’s been dealing with a back injury and a wrist injury.
White didn’t dispute the UFC’s plans to book Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) against Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC). Cormier has pushed for the fight as one of the last few bouts he planned to take before his retirement.
Cormier hasn’t fought since submitting by a rear-naked choke in 2:14 against Derek Lewis at UFC 230 last November, and Miocic hasn’t fought since his loss to Cormier at UFC 226 last July.