At UFC 241, Stipe Miocic will challenge heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for the title he lost to the champ at UFC 226. It’s been a long time coming for Miocic who, after setting the record for UFC heavyweight title defenses, felt he deserved an immediate rematch. Instead, the UFC opted to try and set up bout between Cormier and former champion Brock Lesnar. But after nearly a year of inactivity on that front, the UFC finally opted to grant Miocic his rematch, to the grudging dismay of Cormier.
Speaking last week, Cormier said that he was disappointed the Brock fight did not come to fruition, and reiterated his contention that Miocic has been acting “entitled” to a rematch, even though he knew the winner of their first fight was going to get to face Brock next. Now Miocic has responded, and he is none too pleased with “DC”.
“I have no idea what he was talking about ‘we had a company conversation,’” Miocic told Ariel Helwani recently. “I definitely wasn’t in that conversation. I had no idea about the Brock thing until literally right before I walked out for the fight so he’s an idiot. I have no idea what he’s talking about. He literally says one thing then he says something else. I don’t even listen anymore. But yeah, whatever. I don’t care. I’m fighting him that’s all I care about.
“He can say what he wants to say, he’ll probably say something tomorrow and… I don’t know. Whatever.”
This is not the first time Cormier has called Miocic “entitled”. Miocic has been lobbying heavily for the rematch, continually calling out Cormier and posting pictures of their fight, showing him punching DC. So in February, Cormier put forth a series of Tweets explaining why he was not rematching Miocic, where he also mentioned Miocic being “entitled” as one of the reasons, along with Miocic’s inactivity since losing. To Miocic, that sounds like hypocrisy.
“If the roles were reversed, he would be doing the same thing,” Miocic said.
“Right now, yeah, [I’m annoyed]. Jesus, one minute he says I’m deserving and ‘If I don’t fight Brock, he’ll get the fight,’ and then he’s like ‘No, you gotta fight three more times before you get a fight for the title, you gotta work your way up like everyone else.’ And I’m like what’re you talking about? You just said I deserve it…? I don’t know. He’s like a woman when they want to go out to eat dinner but they have no idea what they want to go eat but they say they want to go eat somewhere but they change their mind. It’s just never-ending.”
Well, now it is ending. Miocic and Cormier are set to face each other again in August, and according to Cormier, he will only have one or two more fights afterwards before retiring. But when asked if he’d like to be the one who retires Cormier, Miocic made it clear this would be DC’s final fight.
“That’s fine with me. I’m going to be [the guy that retires him].”
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