Stipe Miocic finally speaks up about the Brock Lesnar antics after the UFC 226 main card.
After being dethroned at UFC 226, Miocic didn’t talk much about the sudden shoving match between Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar.
Despite Lesnar calling him out and other heavyweight division fighters “piece of s—“, Miocic kept his cool and said he doesn’t care. During post-fight interviews, the former UFC heavyweight champ usually just said “It wasn’t my night,” and even congratulated DC on social media.
Miocic has made it clear that he wants to have a rematch with Cormier. The dual-division champ apologised to Miocic for the “s— show” that he and Lesnar pulled off. However, he also said that his rematch with Miocic would be unlikely to happen as he is set to retire on March 2019.
“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,” Cormier said.
Miocic Slams ‘Disrespectful’ Lesnar-Cormier Encounter
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on ESPN, Miocic revealed that he felt disrespected on Lesnar’s unexpected appearance.
“It was a s— show, and it was disrespectful,” Miocic told ESPN. “I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about.”
The former UFC heavyweight champ knew more than anyone how UFC bouts ended – with an interview. That’s why he said he was expecting that they were going to interview him despite the loss. But because of the sudden show-off between Cormier and Lesnar, Miocic was left out as he was still standing on the corner of the Octagon.
“When Brock came in, I said, ‘I’m out of here, I don’t need this circus.’ How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?” Miocic said.
Miocic Believes He Deserves the Title Shot More than Lesnar
Cormier, the Champ-champ, mentioned that he would only fight ‘big names’ in UFC before he retires – and that includes Lesnar. He says that he’s going to earn more money if he fights the ex-UFC champ rather than fighting against less famous fighters.
“It’s like, do you want to go to war and make so much less money? If I fight Brock Lesnar, I’m getting paid,” Cormier said in his UFC 226 post-fight interview.
Because of this, a lot of fighters reacted as they were bumped off from the list to fight Cormier. Unsurprisingly, Miocic says that he’s deserving to fight for the title more than anyone else, especially Lesnar.
“I want a title shot. I deserve it,” Miocic told ESPN. “[Lesnar] hasn’t fought in how long? For him to get a title shot, as I get thrown to the side? It just seems like they are desperate for pay-per-views.
“I cleaned out the division. I defended it more than anyone, and you’re gonna tell me I don’t deserve a chance to get it back? Get out of here. Kiss my a– if you don’t think I deserve that.”
Watch Stipe Miocic’s Full Interview with Ariel Helwani in the video below:
Meanwhile, Cormier, the now simultaneous two-division champion is looking to fight Lesnar in early 2019. The ex-UFC champ could only fight after January 8, 2019, when he serves the final six months of his current U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension.