Daniel Cormier indicated today he plans on fighting UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic for a third time before the end of the year. He tweeted a picture today of his signature on a phone in what appears to be an agreement to challenge the current heavyweight champion.
❤️ ❤️ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LGihyhWkhT
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 8, 2020
Cormier has been lobbying for a rematch of their fight from last year. He lost the heavyweight title to Miocic after being stopped in the fourth round. There was speculation on whether this fight would materialize after Miocic indicated his obligations as a firefighter and inability to train due to the covid-19 pandemic prevented him from defending his title for the foreseeable future.
Cormier wasn’t the only person pushing for this fight. UFC President Dana White had floated the possibility of stripping Miocic of the title if he delayed facing Cormier for the third time.
Cormier defeated Miocic with a first round knockout in 2018 to win the UFC heavyweight title. This win made him the third fighter in the history of the promotion to hold championship belts in two different weight classes at the same time. Miocic avenged this loss a year later, finishing Cormier with punches in the fourth round.
Cormier’s third fight with Miocic would be the latest in a long line of classic trilogy bouts. The rivalries between Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, Cain Velazquez and Junior dos Santos, and Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard are all considers to be among the greatest in UFC history. Coincidentally, all of those fights ended with either a knockout or a submission.
The first two fights between Cormier and Miocic ended with a knockout finish so there is reason to believe their third fight will end in similar fashion.