UFC 241: Daniel Cormier Accuses Stipe Miocic of Acting “a Little Bit Like a Brat”
By FCF Staff
After Cormier took out Miocic last summer at UFC 226 to win the heavyweight title, the Ohio fighter called for an immediate rematch. A key reason being that Miocic had defended the heavyweight belt more than anyone else prior – three times.
The UFC, however, hoped to have Brock Lesnar fight for the belt next. But, Miocic (18-3) continued to campaign for a second bout with Cormier, and when Lesnar’s UFC return didn’t happen, the fight was booked for this Saturday.
“Him sitting out this whole time, just kind of being a little bit of . . . I feel like he acted a little bit like a brat,” Cormier said. “Like, ‘I should get a rematch!’ I just thought he should have fought again. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way but you know what, it worked and now he gets a chance to fight for the title again. So yeah, there are things that we both dislike about each other but at the end of the day I’m not losing any sleep over Stipe Miocic not liking me.”
Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest), meanwhile, is coming off a submission win over Derrick Lewis in November.
After Miocic won the heavyweight title in 2016, by knocking out Fabricio Werdum, he proceeded to defend the belt in bouts with Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou.