At UFC 241, Daniel Cormier faces Stipe Miocic one more time for the UFC heavyweight championship, and Joe Rogan hopes the current champion does not take the August 17th showdown lightly.
“DC connected with that beautiful punch in the clinch, but Stipe has had over a year to stew on that… I think [the time off is] a good thing for Stipe,” Rogan said on his podcast of Miocic, who has not fought since being dropped by Cormier at UFC 226 in July, 2018.
“Stipe’s an animal, I’m not worried about that. I think he’s going to be better. Stipe’s a real veteran. He’s a humble dude. He’s a hard ass, he’s not going to come in there with a lot of expectations on himself, he’s just going to do his best, I think. If Donald Cerrone were to take a year off and then fight a title, I’d be like ‘woo, I’d like Donald to get a fight in.’”
While Cormier was angling for a fight with Brock Lesnar, the then double-champion would fight Derrick Lewis on short notice at UFC 230, stopping the popular fighter in the second round.
Conversely, Miocic would make it his business to blast Cormier since the first round loss, claiming he deserved an immediate rematch with Cormier, even though he was dropped early in the first.
Reportedly, Lesnar was slated to be the opponent for Cormier at UFC 241, but the offer would be denied due to the former heavyweight champion and current WWE star balking due to the new deal with ESPN+ that would drastically reduce the money Lesnar would make off of pay-per-view sales.