Daniel Cormier Confirms to Conan O'Brien He'll Fight Brock Lesnar Next

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07:  Daniel Cormier confronts Brock Lesnar after his UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 226 event inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier confirmed Tuesday in an interview with Conan O'Brien that Brock Lesnar will be his next opponent.

On the late-night talk show, Cormier said, "He's gonna be the next guy I fight," in reference to Lesnar:

After Cormier beat Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 226 on Saturday, Lesnar entered the Octagon and shoved the new champ.

Shortly thereafter, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Lesnar was back in the UFC fold, per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press (h/t the Denver Post).

White added that he plans for Cormier and Lesnar to fight in early 2019 after Lesnar "completes the drug testing required by the UFC's anti-doping policy."

Lesnar last fought for the UFC in 2016 at UFC 200.

Although he beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision, the result was changed to a no contest after Lesnar tested positive for the anti-estrogenic agent Hydroxy-clomiphene.

Lesnar is currently WWE's universal champion, but he has not defended that title since beating Roman Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble in April.

Should he beat Cormier, the 40-year-old currently would become UFC heavyweight champion for the first time since dropping the title to Cain Velasquez in 2010.

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