Miocic On Cormier Fight: ‘I Can’t Control A Global Pandemic’
The UFC Heavyweight Champion in Stipe Miocic is getting tired of Daniel Cormier’s callouts for a trilogy fight.
Miocic (19-3) spoke with ESPN regarding Cormier recently blowing up his social media. Cormier has urged Miocic to sign a contract for a summer fight, one of many attempts to get his attention. The 37-year-old Miocic decided to answer with some of his own logic.
“I didn’t know he was calling his shots,” Miocic stated, via MMA Fighting. “Wow, I can’t really do anything because, again, my state is shut down for another month. Who knows how long after that? They were supposed to open in May and then they said another four weeks. Every gym shut down. I literally can’t train so how am I going to take a fight? I don’t understand what he’s (talking about).
“Listen, I’ll fight him. I never said I’m ducking or leaving or running or trying to fight someone else, like he did. I just can’t train, dude. I’ll fight you. I don’t care. But let me make sure I get a full camp, dude. I’m down.”
Cormier (22-2, 1NC) beat Miocic at UFC 226 back in July 2018 to win the UFC Heavyweight Title. Miocic fought him a year later at UFC 226, beating Cormier via TKO after four. During the bout, Miocic suffered damage to his retina due to an accidental Cormier eye poke. He was recently cleared to compete, but with the coronavirus pandemic closing gyms, Miocic isn’t prepared to fight anytime soon.
Miocic is also a full-time firefighter and is busy dealing with issues within his home state of Cleveland. If everything goes according to plan, Miocic eyes a return in the fall.
“It’s not gonna be in August, I can tell you that,” Miocic went on to say. “More like the fall, but who knows if it comes back stronger? I’m down to fight him. I never said I wasn’t. How am I gonna sign a contract when I can’t even train?”
Because of the long wait, several fighters like Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik have called for an interim UFC Heavyweight Title. Speaking on the My Mom’s Basement Barstool Sports podcast, UFC President Dana White answered “possibly” when asked by Robbie Fox if a champion who doesn’t want to fight may be stripped of the title.
Miocic has since tweeted out several messages to ensure everyone he is willing to fight and defend his title. He is hoping to fight under the right conditions:
“I want to fight DC. It’s going to happen period. Im going to give my fans what they want to see. My management has been working on dates with UFC. Right now I’m doing what the Governor DeWine is advising and am working as a first responder. I can’t control a global pandemic
“My head coach can’t open his gym by law right now. I don’t hold myself higher than any other person in regards to what I’m allowed to do. Ohio is under orders until May 29th. The second the gym can open, we begin camp. Plain and simple. I have never ducked anyone.
“I’ve never turned down a fight, and I never will. Strap #6 coming soon”
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I’ve never turned down a fight, and I never will. Strap #6 coming soon 🐐 #SM
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) May 6, 2020