It still feels surreal for Daniel Cormier to become the second UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously in the history of the sport.
The new “Champ Champ” managed to knock out Stipe Miocic in the first round of their bout at UFC 226. Miocic was the longest reigning heavyweight champion, having defended his belt for three times. So, it was a great accomplishment for Cormier, and for many UFC fans, that he was able to win over him in a few minutes.
However, as Cormier was celebrating his victory in the Octagon, he called out Brock Lesnar, shifting the spotlight onto the two of them.
Lesnar did not only shove Cormier when he got up the stage, but he also grabbed the microphone and mocked Miocic, Francis Ngannou and other UFC heavyweight division fighters, including Cormier.
As the sudden show off drew everyone’s attention, Miocic was left out as he was still standing on the corner of the Octagon after his defeat.
Cormier Issues Apology to Miocic
In a recent interview with MMAWeekly, Cormier said he felt terrible about what happened and issued an apology to the former UFC heavyweight champion.
“I’m glad I’m getting to talk to you cause I haven’t done this yet. I was thinking about it a lot yesterday and I was thinking about it this morning and ever since Stipe sent me that message — do it again, congratulations and all that — when you get in the moment of some of the stuff that’s happening, you don’t stop and think about everyone else. I was in fight mode and then fight build mode with [Brock] Lesnar so I kind of feel bad that Stipe had to kind of sit through that after the fight,”
“So I kind of want to apologize to him for the f–king s–t show that was going on in the Octagon after our fight. Cause it seemed like he kind of had to sit there and listen to me and Brock hollering at each other. He’s a big man and a champion for even doing that. I’m glad they didn’t interview him afterwards cause you know that can turn out bad like with me. For him to have to sit through that, that kind of sucked and I wanted to apologize to him for that.
The message that Cormier was pertaining to was when Miocic congratulated him and requested for a rematch before the dual-division champ retires.
Rematch Might Not Happen
However, it seems unlikely for a rematch to happen anytime soon because Cormier is set to retire in March 2019 around his 40th birthday.
Although, he still believes that Miocic will reclaim his title but not against him.
“I don’t think it will happen again because of the timing,” Cormier said about a potential rematch with Miocic. “I do believe that he’s going to be fighting for the heavyweight championship again and in the near future. There aren’t many guys in this division who can beat Stipe Miocic. So he’ll be fighting for the belt again soon.
“I do respect him a ton. Great guy, great champion. Great fighter and I wish him and his wife nothing but luck with the birth of their baby.”