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Cormier: Miocic Fight Wasn’t Hard And We Made No Money

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, got some blowback from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when it was announced that “DC” would be defending his newly-won title against fan favorite, Derrick Lewis, and not former division kingpin, Stipe Miocic.

Heck, even “Black Beast” was in favor of booking the ex-champ.

But Cormier insists there is more to the story than simply being afraid of Miocic, who previously set the promotion’s record for title defenses prior to getting dismantled by the Olympian in their UFC 226 headliner back in July.

“I’m not trying to say I’m afraid of Stipe. I swear I’m not afraid of Stipe Miocic. Why would I be?” Cormier told MMAWeekly. “It just did not make sense right now. I don’t mind fighting him again. It’s not like it was the hardest fight.”

After recapturing the 205-pound crown at UFC 220 earlier this year, Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) returned to the heavyweight division for the first time in nearly five years to capture the crown that no longer belongs to teammate Cain Velasquez, melting Miocic by way of first-round fists.

While the victory was sweet — and the catalyst to a showdown that may be even sweeter — the event failed to move the needle and Cormier, as well as Miocic, were unable to capitalize on pay-per-view points after the final tally.

Perhaps this is to blame?

“I do appreciate that he’s being vocal because shit man, maybe if he had done that in the beginning, maybe we would have made some money,” Cormier said. “The pay-per-view didn’t do that well because we did not make money. Obviously, issues sell. Maybe he’s trying to stir the pot a little bit to get some interest in our fight.”

Just business, bro.

Cormier will tangle with Lewis in the UFC 230 main event on Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the winner moving on to fight Brock Lesnar in early 2019, presumably with the heavyweight strap on the line.

Sorry, Stipe.

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Stipe Miocic: The UFC Denied Me A Rematch With Daniel Cormier at UFC 230

The official announcement that Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier will defend his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis on Nov. 3 in New York has been met with mixed reactions amongst fans as well as at least one notable fighter
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Daniel Cormier Willing to Give Stipe Miocic Rematch If Lesnar Misses Their Fight ‘For Any Reason’

It’s essentially settled that Daniel Cormier will make his first – and likely only – heavyweight title defense against Brock Lesnar at some point in early 2019.
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Miocic Rips UFC, Dana White For Brock Lesnar ‘S—t Show’

Prior to his UFC 226 title defense against Daniel Cormier, then-heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, told the combat sports media he would be willing to fight Brock Lesnar after giving birth to his daughter and taking some time off to enjoy her arrival.

But now that Lesnar — and the monster payday that comes with him — has been afforded to Cormier after “DC” captured the crown earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miocic has changed his tune on the “shit show” that transpired on fight night.

“It was a shit show and it was disrespectful,” Miocic told ESPN. “I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about. 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?”

To be fair, this happens in other sports too. I remember when the Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs in early 2017 but went on to play in the Super Bowl anyway because they can sell more tickets and more network ad space than the Atlanta Falcons.

Oh wait, that never happened, because football is a real sport where records and rankings actually mean something! So sorry. Let’s get back to Miocic, who doesn’t understand the difference between sports and prizefighting, but does recognize the difference between a real apology and a fake one.

“It was like a two-second conversation, [White] 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.”

I can’t believe Miocic is suggesting this was planned.

Either way, Cormier is expected to fight Lesnar in early 2019, assuming Mark Hunt’s attorneys don’t pull off some kind of wacky injunction. Then again, if you ask this ex-champ, the WWE import is never going to make it to fight night anyway.

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Stipe Miocic Calls Brock Lesnar’s Appearance at UFC 226 a ’S—tshow’ and ‘Disrespectful’

In the immediate aftermath of his loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 226, Stipe Miocic was more concerned about getting home to Ohio to be with his pregnant wife than analyzing anything that had happened at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas that night.
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UFC 226 Results: Daniel Cormier KOs Stipe Miocic, Wins Heavyweight Belt

Greatness rarely comes to you, instead you have to pursue it.

Well, in the main event of UFC 226, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier ran after that thing like it was a runaway ice cream truck, and he made damn sure that greatness was held firmly in his hands by the end of the night.

The pairing of any champs in any two divisions is pretty compelling, but when it’s Stipe Miocic – who won his belt punching dudes the heck out – and Cormier, who ran the table as a heavyweight before coming to the UFC at 205 pounds… that’s pure awesomeness right there.

And so of course, when the fight was underway, it was pretty much a slugfest. Miocic had all the confidence in the world in slinging his giant, meaty fists, and Cormier was happy to oblige him, and they stood in front of each other swinging. The light-heavyweight champ did throw some kicks, and the heavyweight champ did score a takedown, but otherwise, it was a punchfest…

… That Cormier eventually won. That’s right, the winner of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament clipped the UFC’s heavyweight king, and when Miocic went down, Cormier knocked him out with more punches.

Cormier is now a two-divisional champ, and to spice things up, guess who the UFC brought in to challenge him, WWE-style?

 

Results: Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (Punches) at 4:33, R1

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UFC 226 Results: Daniel Cormier KOs Stipe Miocic, Wins Heavyweight Belt

Greatness rarely comes to you, instead you have to pursue it.

Well, in the main event of UFC 226, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier ran after that thing like it was a runaway ice cream truck, and he made damn sure that greatness was held firmly in his hands by the end of the night.

The pairing of any champs in any two divisions is pretty compelling, but when it’s Stipe Miocic – who won his belt punching dudes the heck out – and Cormier, who ran the table as a heavyweight before coming to the UFC at 205 pounds… that’s pure awesomeness right there.

And so of course, when the fight was underway, it was pretty much a slugfest. Miocic had all the confidence in the world in slinging his giant, meaty fists, and Cormier was happy to oblige him, and they stood in front of each other swinging. The light-heavyweight champ did throw some kicks, and the heavyweight champ did score a takedown, but otherwise, it was a punchfest…

… That Cormier eventually won. That’s right, the winner of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament clipped the UFC’s heavyweight king, and when Miocic went down, Cormier knocked him out with more punches.

Cormier is now a two-divisional champ, and to spice things up, guess who the UFC brought in to challenge him, WWE-style?

 

Results: Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (Punches) at 4:33, R1

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UFC 226 Salaries: Heavyweight Headliners Miocic ($750K), Cormier ($500K) Top Event Payroll

The combatants in Saturday’s heavyweight superfight at UFC 226 were also the event’s top earners.
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UFC 226 ‘Miocic vs. Cormier’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC 226 play-by-play kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
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UFC 226: Stipe Miocic Career Retrospective

Stipe Miocic has the chance to become a legend in regards to the UFC heavyweight division.

Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum all came before him.

But by the time Miocic hangs the gloves up, the Ohio firefighter just might be the best of them all.

For Miocic to continue on that path, he’ll need to take care of Daniel Cormier this Saturday night at UFC 226.

A quick look at Miocic’s resume boasts some pretty impressive numbers:

Most UFC heavyweight champion defenses at three (which is tied with Couture and Tim Sylvia)

Most consecutive UFC heavyweight championship defenses at three

Most strikes landed in a fight with 361 vs. Mark Hunt

Four “Performance of the Night” bonuses and three “Fight of the Night” honors

And, if you believe in those kind of things, Fight Matrix also calls Miocic the Lineal MMA heavyweight champion.

After stunning Werdum in 2016 for the title – in Brazil no less – Miocic went on to defend the belt vs. Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou. The wins vs. Overeem and JDS both came via finish, with the former NCAA Div. I wrestler going the full 25 minutes in dispatching of Ngannou.

A member of the Strong Style Fight Team out of Independence, Ohio, Miocic is a fighter anybody can like. He doesn’t get in trouble. He comes from the heart of the U.S. He doesn’t look like an over-grown muscle-freak. He still works as a firefighter by day – and night.

Miocic will put his belt and his six-fight win streak on the line vs. the reigning light heavyweight champion – and a former unbeaten heavyweight fighter – in Cormier, this weekend.

When it is all said and done, regardless of how many more title defenses he makes, Miocic will definitely go up on the wall as an all-time great fighter and an all-time great person.

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