Daniel Cormier added the UFC heavyweight championship to his light heavyweight title, stopping Stipe Miocic in dramatic fashion during the first round of their super fight at UFC 226 in Las Vegas a few months back. Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) flattened the UFC’s long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right hand out of a clinch. He finished Miocic (18-3) on the ground with 27 seconds left in the round by landing several shots to the defenseless champion’s head.
Ever since losing that fight, Miocic has been gunning for a rematch against Cormier and that has come to no fruition as he is fighting Derrick Lewis next month at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov.3.
Daniel Cormier made an appearance on the Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show this Monday, and he gave his honest thoughts on Stipe Miocic’s complaints and admitted that the former heavyweight champion has a point.
“He has a legit gripe,” Cormier admitted. “I never said he didn’t. He can be mad that he’s not getting a rematch. Look, he gets bumped for Brock Lesnar, and then he gets bumped for Derrick Lewis. But if anything, he should take it more as a compliment. Because even at five weeks, fighting Stipe Miocic wasn’t really ideal because I want to give him my best product. He’s that good.
“With Derrick, I’m going to try to get in the best shape that I can…but again, the path to his victory is pretty clear. He has to knock me out. I figure if we go 25 minutes, I win the fight. I cannot say that about Stipe. I think he can do a lot of different things to win the fight. “
Cormier also admits that Stipe is a legitimate fighter and also praised him.
“And I’m trying to give this guy a compliment,” said with a laugh. “Like, I’m really trying to compliment him. I’m not trying to insult him and say, I’ll beat him every single time or anything. I’m saying he’s a great fighter, and it shows by his title defenses. That’s why I didn’t want to fight him on short notice. Don’t think for a second I’m scared of Stipe Miocic. That is insane that I’m afraid of him. So this whole “ducking him” claim, I guess he can say that, but it was ultimately me just saying, I’ll fight you, just not right now.”
Do you guys want to see a rematch between Miocic and Cormier.