Miocic: I’ll have an answer for everything DC does coming forward
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic appeared recently on Submission Radio for an interview ahead of his superfight vs. light heavyweight Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I think it’s a great match-up for me. If it wasn’t I probably wouldn’t have taken the fight,” said Miocic laughing. “But I’m a bad match-up for anyone. And I heard he’s got great wrestling, but you know, it’s not gonna be a wrestling match, it’s mixed martial arts, so I get to punch him too. He’s a tough guy and he comes forward, but I think I’ll have a lot of answers for that. When he comes forward I’ll have an answer for everything.”
The height difference between the two champs is impossible to miss.
Miocic was asked if that gives him extra confidence.
“No,” he replied. “Listen, he’s a tough fight. He’s fought the best guys in the world, he’s fought at heavyweight, he’s undefeated at heavyweight, he’s fought the best guys at 205, he’s beat the best guys at 205. So, you can’t take him light. Size doesn’t matter. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog.”
Miocic has in the past expressed dissatisfaction with his UFC contract. His first title defense was vs. Alistair Overeem. ‘Reem made $800k to lose while Stipe earned $600k to win. CM Punk made $500k on the same card, and he has the fighting ability of someone who can’t fight. Miocic’s next defense was vs. Junior Dos Santos, who earned $400k to lose; the purses weren’t released, but it appeared that JDS’s contract will still better than the champ’s. Miocic was asked if he was happy with the deal to fight DC.
“One hundred percent,” he replied. Stipe was asked if his relationship with the UFC is better than in the past.
“Yeah, I guess,” he said. “I mean, listen man, it’s my boss, they’re my employer. So, no one’s ever happy with their employer.”
With a win, it would likely be Curtis Blaydes or Brock Lesnar next. Miocic was asked about Blaydes’ last fight, a win over Overeem.
“I didn’t even watch it,” he said. “I was playing Fortnite. … I heard he looked good. He’s a great fighter, I trained with him before, he’s a tough guy. if I do fight him I’ll definitely watch it.”
And Brock Lesnar?
“All I care about it July 7th,” he replied. “It’s all I’ve got my mind on, and after that I’ll worry it afterwards. Then I’ll worry about my daughter being born.”
“Good for Brock, good for Curtis, I wish nothing but the best for them, but right now all I care about is DC, July 7th.”
So the plan is to fight DC and take a break. Although a break for Miocic is fatherhood and working full time as a firefighter.
The UFC heavyweight division is so unpredictable that no champion had ever successfully defended the belt more than twice. Miocic is now at three. A win over DC would make it four. What could UFC 226 do for his legacy?
“I’m not worried about that,” said the ever focused champ. “All I care about is July 7th and winning. That’s all that’s on my mind. And you gotta keep winning, and the more you win the better it gets. So that’s all I care about, is winning. I love winning, I don’t like losing.”
And lastly, no interview with a UFC fighter is complete without talking about street fights growing up, on the hard streets of the 209 or West Lynn, Oregon.
“I think one at 11 years old,” said Miocic. “I got the s*** beat out of me. I remember this guy, I think his name was Guy. He crushed me. I felt bad, I threw water straight in his face, joking around, and he didn’t like me too much. And he was older than me and he beat the crap out of me.”