Former UFC champion Stipe Miocic is demanding a rematch with UFC Heaveyweight champion Daniel Cormier and s taking issue with the antics of WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar for his post-fight antics at UFC 226.
Miocic (18-3) was knocked out by Cormier in the first round of their July 7th heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas in which Lesnar entered the octagon after the fight to have a heated confrontation with Cormier, going on the mic to insult the match, a number of fighters, and Miocic himself.
“It was a s— show and it was disrespectful,” Miocic said of Lesnar, according to ESPN. “I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about.”
“I thought they were going to interview me [after the fight] and I was going to ask for a rematch,” Miocic said. “When Brock came in, I said, ‘I’m out of here, I don’t need this circus.’ How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?”
“I want a title shot. I deserve it,” Miocic said. “[Lesnar] hasn’t fought in how long? For him to get a title shot, as I get thrown to the side? It just seems like they are desperate for pay-per-views.
“I cleaned out the division. I defended it more than anyone, and you’re gonna tell me I don’t deserve a chance to get it back? Get out of here. Kiss my ass if you don’t think I deserve that.”
Miocic said the only conversation he and UFC president Dana White was when White apologized for Lesnar entering the octagon and the antics that followed, immediately afterwards.
“It was like a two-second conversation, he apologized for everything that happened in the cage,” Miocic said. “I just said, ‘Whatever.’ The apology didn’t mean anything. That’s what they want to happen.”
While Miocic was graceful in his defeat, he felt an accidental eye-poke in the first round affected his performance.
“That hurt and it definitely f—ed me up a little bit,” Miocic said. “I didn’t realize the referee was warning him about it until after, when my coaches told me. They were all pissed. No excuses, but that s— hurt. And it’s not like it was just a little poke, it was knuckle deep.”
Cormier (21-1) intends to fight Lesnar early next year.