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After months of speculation that Brock Lesnar would be returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, UFC president Dana White officially squashed those hopes earlier today.

During a statement to ESPN, White revealed that Brock would be retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) for good.

“He told me he’s done, he’s retired,” White told ESPN. “We’re going to move in another direction with Cormier.”

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That new direction seems to be a championship rematch against former Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, which is targeted to go down at an upcoming Pay-per-view (PPV) event on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

“DC” initially knocked out Miocic in the very first round at UFC 226 last July to win the 265-pound title, becoming the promotion’s latest champ-champ in the process.

Brock hasn’t competed since defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 200 over two years ago. Of course, the WWE superstar failed a couple of drug tests administered by USADA, which ultimately lead to a monetary fine and a one-year suspension from fighting.

Now, Miocic will get the chance to reclaim the 265-pound belt he lost to Cormier, while “DC” looks to go up 2-0 against the former Heavyweight king.

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