Cormier To Stipe: ‘Give Me My Rematch’
Back in August 2019 at UFC 241, Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier to reclaim the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Seeing as how Cormier (22-2, 1NC) took it from Stipe (19-3) at UFC 226, one would think the two would compete in a trilogy fight. So far, there have been complications to get towards that goal.
Miocic suffered damage to his retina due to an accidental Cormier eye poke. That didn’t stop him from tagging Cormier in the gut and face for the TKO win. It was revealed earlier this week that he has been cleared for action but is taking his time before even considering giving Cormier a shot. Cormier, who worked worked on commentary for UFC Fight Night in Raleigh this past weekend, sent a message to the champion, demanding his shot.
“I mean Stipe and I are going to fight next. That’s exactly what’s supposed to happen. It’s what’s gonna happen,” Cormier stated, via MMA Fighting. “I know they’re saying they want something new — well hell, I wanted something new after I beat him and I gave him a rematch.”
There are a variety of heavyweight contenders in the UFC today, from Francis Ngannou to Curtis Blaydes. While Jim Walter, Miocic’s trainer, hinted that Stipe was looking to move on to bigger things. Cormier, however, is testing the honor of Miocic to get the fight to take place.
“So it’s only right to do the right thing, Cormier continued. “You’re honorable, right Stipe? You’re a fireman, you save lives. You do the right thing all the time, right? Do the right thing and give me my rematch.”