The UFC is moving ahead with a bout between Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar, and Stipe Miocic clearly isn’t too happy about it.
Leading up to UFC 226, there were reports that the UFC was thinking about giving Lesnar a shot at the heavyweight title, in his Octagon return. Then, after Cormier knocked Miocic out to claim the heavyweight crown, Lesnar confirmed this was indeed the case by launching into a pro-wrestling bit, which drew mixed reviews.
Well, since UFC 226, it’s been revealed that Lesnar has re-entered the USADA testing pool, so his bout with Cormier is expected to take place in early 2019. Miocic, however, recently spoke with ESPN, and the now former champ laid into the promotion, for moving forward with Lesnar’s title shot:
“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.”
Now, yes, some folks are already pointing out that Miocic said he was willing to fight Lesnar before, just not too soon, since he’s expecting his baby daughter. So how can be upset here?
Well, one could infer, that Miocic sees the scenarios differently. He was the reigning champ, who as Miocic believes, had “cleaned out the division”. Of course, contenders like Curtis Blaydes, Alexander Volkov or Derrick Lewis may disagree with that point of view.
All this aside, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out, in terms of Miocic’s relationship with the UFC. Miocic isn’t far removed from a contract dispute with the promotion, and the Ohio star wasn’t happy with how the company marketed his January bout with Francis Ngannou. So, might Miocic sit out and demand a title shot? Wait for a bout with the winner of Cormier – Lesnar? Hard to say.
Prior to facing Cormier, Miocic defended the heavyweight title a record, three times.