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At UFC 226, Daniel Cormier won the UFC Heavyweight title after defeating Stipe Miocic. Afterwards, Cormier was confronted by Brock Lesnar, who claimed that he was next in line. Since then, Dana White and the UFC have been working on finalizing a deal to have Cormier defend his title against Lesnar.
Going into his fight with Miocic, Cormier was also the Light Heavyweight Champion, and with the win, he became the second fighter after Conor McGregor to become a double weight-class champion inside the UFC.
Cormier eventually vacated his belt, and just days later it was won by Jon Jones, who defeated Alexander Gustaffson by TKO at UFC 232.
Before returning to the WWE in 2012, Lesnar was in the UFC and defeated Randy Coutore, Shane Carwin and Frank Mir while holding the UFC Heavyweight title. Eventually Lesnar lost the title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, then again to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, where he announced his retirement from the UFC.
In 2016, Lesnar made his return at UFC 200 where he originally defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision, but it was overturned due to Lesnar testing positive for clomiphene. Lesnar currently holds a professional record of 5-3-1 NC.
While the deal was being discussed, Cormier made his first defense as champion against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. He defeated Lewis in the 2nd round by submission, and Lesnar went on to reclaim the vacant WWE Universal title against Braun Strowman at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event.
Cormier stated that a title fight against Lesnar would be his last bout, and that he wanted to retire by March 20th; his 40th birthday. Due to a back injury, it has postponed the fight against Lesnar, and has delayed all plans towards retirement.
With WrestleMania 35 just one month away, rumors are regularly coming out that Lesnar may drop his title. With the Cormier vs Lesnar fight being close to a done deal, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Lesnar were to drop the title to the 2019 Royal Rumble winner, Seth Rollins.
If the WWE and UFC want to see this fight sell, it isn’t a bad idea to keep Brock Lesnar as the Universal Champion and have him represent the WWE against the UFC’s Heavyweight Daniel Cormier.
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