Joe Rogan Prefers Daniel Cormier Face Stipe Miocic Next Rather Than Brock Lesnar • MMA News
UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is still recovering
from a back injury that will likely keep him sidelined for more than half of
2019 and there is still no word on who will get the next crack at his title.
Cormier has made it clear that he wants a showdown with
former heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, who started
working towards a comeback to fighting last year but hasn’t given any
indication recently if he still intends on returning to the UFC.
Even UFC president Dana White has said that there have been no
talks with Lesnar about a potential return, which is why the promotion may have
to go to option No. 2 — a rematch with former heavyweight champion Stipe
Now Miocic has been banging the drum for months that he
deserved an automatic rematch with Cormier after he was the longest reigning
champion in the history of the division but his requests have largely fallen on
deaf ears with the potential Lesnar fight looming overhead.
While nothing has been decided at this time, UFC color
commentator Joe Rogan made his choice during a recent episode of his podcast
where he advocated for Miocic getting the rematch against Cormier.
“I get the Brock Lesnar appeal. I would rather see Stipe,”
Rogan said. “First of all, out of respect, cause Stipe he defended the title
more than any human being that’s ever held it. He’s the No. 1 guy in the
heavyweight division. So you have to rate him the greatest heavyweight of all
time. If you look about accomplishments, he’s the greatest UFC heavyweight of
all time in terms of accomplishments. Just because he’s done it [three] times.
“DC beat him obviously, if you had to rank him right now
like 1 through 10, DC’s No. 1 cause he’s the champ and he knocked him out. To
say he’s No. 2 would be silly. But to say the all time most accomplished
heavyweight, that’s what Stipe is. The all time most accomplished heavyweight
It’s tough to argue against Rogan’s logic with Miocic
defending the heavyweight title more than anyone else in UFC history.
It’s also worth noting that Miocic holds wins over both the
No. 2 and No. 3 ranked contenders at heavyweight after mauling Francis Ngannou
for five rounds and knocking out Junior dos Santos in their last meeting.
Just based on those factors alone, Miocic would seem like
the obvious choice to get the next shot at Cormier’s title but there is still a
chance that Lesnar leap frogs everybody if he decides to return.
For now it’s all a waiting game as Cormier continues to
recover from his back injury with the heavyweight title staying idle until he
makes his return later this year.