Daniel Cormier: Stipe Miocic ‘Misguided’ In Attempts To Land Tyson Fury Fight

Stipe Miocic is trying to give Daniel Cormier a taste of his own medicine. Last year, Cormier won the UFC heavyweight title from Miocic with a first-round knockout finish. However, instead of giving Miocic – the winningest heavyweight champion in UFC history – an immediate rematch, Cormier saught a fight with WWE star and ex-UFC […]

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Stipe Miocic is trying to give Daniel Cormier a taste of his own medicine.

Last year, Cormier won the UFC heavyweight title from Miocic with a first-round knockout finish. However, instead of giving Miocic – the winningest heavyweight champion in UFC history – an immediate rematch, Cormier saught a fight with WWE star and ex-UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. Cormier and Lesnar even had a staredown and shoving match inside the Octagon.

When that fight didn’t materialize right away, Cormier kept busy with a heavyweight title defense over Derrick Lewis, submitting “The Black Beast” inside Madison Square Garden. Cormier promised that, should a fight with Lesnar not happen, he’d grant Miocic a rematch. And so he did.

This time around, however, it was Miocic who stood tall when the dust settled, reclaiming the heavyweight throne with a knockout win of his own. Now, Cormier is calling for a trilogy fight, which will ultimately be the final bout of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career – win or lose. However, now Miocic is trying for a fight with boxing lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, willing to put his trilogy with Cormier on ice, essentially paying “DC” back for the Lesnar drama.

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Speaking to MMA Junkie, Cormier explains why Miocic’s attempts are “misguided,” and the situation compared to Cormier’s desire to fight Lesnar, is completely different.

“After all that was done last year when I was going to fight Brock Lesnar and I said, ‘I’ll wait for Lesnar, and if Lesnar can’t go I’ll fight Stipe’,” Cormier told MMA Junkie. “I think it’s kind of the same thing (with him trying to fight Tyson Fury). But reality is, it’s vastly different. I think it’s misguided.

“I had Lesnar in my face. He came into the octagon and all that. I’ve got to be honest with you: The moment they said Brock can’t fight, I said, ‘Then let’s give Stipe his fight.’ The moment they said it, I said, ‘OK, find a date for Stipe and I to fight. He deserves his rematch.’

“I think the idea of the way things happened may have been a little bit misunderstood, but it went exactly as I said. From the moment of the fight I said, ‘If Brock doesn’t fight, I’ll fight Stipe.’ When they said, ‘No Brock.’ I said, ‘OK, let’s do Stipe.’”

UFC president Dana White has since suggested both Miocic and Cormier have verbally agreed to a trilogy bout in 2020. However, with Miocic dealing with an injury and no timetable in sight for his recovery, fight fans might have to wait some time for the next heavyweight title defense.

Do you agree with Cormier’s comments on Miocic’s aspirations to fight Fury?

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Cormier Compares Desire To Fight Lesnar To Miocic Wanting Fury Bout

Daniel Cormier believes his failed bid to get a bout with Brock Lesnar is “vastly different” from Stipe Miocic’s attempt to fight Tyson Fury. It’s no secret that Cormier was holding out hope for a big money fight with Lesnar. &#…

Daniel Cormier believes his failed bid to get a bout with Brock Lesnar is “vastly different” from Stipe Miocic’s attempt to fight Tyson Fury. It’s no secret that Cormier was holding out hope for a big money fight with Lesnar. “DC” had said that if the bout wouldn’t materialize, then he’d give Miocic his rematch. […]

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Daniel Cormier Thinks Stipe Miocic Trilogy Could Take A While To Make

If you’re waiting on the trilogy bout between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, you could be waiting for quite a while. While UFC president Dana White has suggested both men have agreed to the trilogy, Cormier himself says, given how the UFC’s 2020 schedule is stacking up, the fight could […]

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If you’re waiting on the trilogy bout between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, you could be waiting for quite a while.

While UFC president Dana White has suggested both men have agreed to the trilogy, Cormier himself says, given how the UFC’s 2020 schedule is stacking up, the fight could be pushed back until June.

“There’s no time for us to fight until maybe June,” Cormier told MMA Junkie. “The way the UFC quarterly schedule is looking, the UFC essentially, with them announcing Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib (Nurmagomedov) for April, there’s really no time. We’re going to be waiting a little bit.

Cormier would prefer for the fight to happen sooner rather than later, however, he acknowledges that the ball is in Miocic’s court, as he is the champion, and the champ makes the rules.

“It’s tricky,” Cormier said. “I would like it to happen sooner than later, that’s all I would like to say. I feel like the more time I get away from last year’s back surgery, the better I feel, and I’m starting to really feel like myself now. The further I get away from this surgery, the better I’ll be.

“They told me when I did it, after about a year is when it would really start to feel everything was back in order and I’m starting to feel that now. I’m ready to go, but he’s the champ. He’s the champ, he makes the rules. So I’m on standby and I’m waiting to see when this guy says that we’re going to fight.

“When he does, I’ll be prepared. I’ll be ready – even more prepared than the last time because I feel I can prepare better from the very start right now.”

“DC” and Miocic have met twice before. Cormier won the first meeting in the summer of last year, getting the first-round knockout to capture the heavyweight throne. However, this past August, Miocic took the title back with a late finish over “DC,” becoming just the second-ever fighter to do so. Cormier believes himself and Miocic have built up quite the rivalry.

“I think Stipe and I have a fantastic rivalry,” Cormier said. “I won the first fight in tremendous fashion, he won the second fight in tremendous fashion. I feel like we’ve had the first two acts of a three-act drama and we have to do the trilogy fight and eventually we’re going to do that.”

What do you think about Cormier’s comments suggesting a trilogy fight with Miocic could take a while to book?

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Cormier On Miocic UFC Trilogy: ‘We’re Going To Be Waiting A Little Bit’

Daniel Cormier feels fight fans will have some waiting to do before seeing his third title bout with Stipe Miocic. UFC president Dana White confirmed that both heavyweight champion Miocic and Cormier have agreed to a trilogy fight. The two are tied at …

Daniel Cormier feels fight fans will have some waiting to do before seeing his third title bout with Stipe Miocic. UFC president Dana White confirmed that both heavyweight champion Miocic and Cormier have agreed to a trilogy fight. The two are tied at 1-1. Back in July 2018, Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first […]

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Dana White: Cormier and Miocic Have Agreed to Trilogy Fight

According to UFC president Dana White, Daniel Cormier will get his rematch and MMA fans will be blessed with a trilogy fight between Cormier and UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. At UFC 241, Stipe Miocic reclaimed his UFC heavyweight championship …

According to UFC president Dana White, Daniel Cormier will get his rematch and MMA fans will be blessed with a trilogy fight between Cormier and UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. At UFC 241, Stipe Miocic reclaimed his UFC heavyweight championship when he defeated Daniel Cormier via TKO in the fourth round. It was a hard-fought […]

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Curtis Blaydes Doesn’t Fault Stipe Miocic For Chasing Tyson Fury Fight

Curtis Blaydes could very well be next in line for a heavyweight title opportunity. However, given the state of the division, any such opportunity would have to wait. Currently, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is healing up from an injury after his title win over Daniel Cormier this past summer. A trilogy bout between Miocic […]

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Curtis Blaydes could very well be next in line for a heavyweight title opportunity. However, given the state of the division, any such opportunity would have to wait.

Currently, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is healing up from an injury after his title win over Daniel Cormier this past summer. A trilogy bout between Miocic and “DC” is the next planned heavyweight title fight, however, Miocic has also been lobbying for a crossover fight with boxing lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Speaking to MMA Fighting, Blaydes said he can’t fault Miocic for going after the money fight. The money would be phenomenal for such an event.

“Apparently Stipe’s saying he’s interested in fighting Tyson Fury at boxing. That might put the DC trilogy on hold,” Blaydes said. “I don’t put no energy into it. I know what’s going on but I don’t stay up in bed all night and think about all the possible alternate realities. You never know.

“It’s a little bit chaotic, you just have to learn to live with it. I really, really respect Stipe. I understand he wants the money. It’s a money grab. I get it. He would destroy Tyson [in MMA]. It would be a lot of money. Pay-per-views would be out the wazoo.”

While Blaydes respects Miocic, he suggests a potential fight between Fury and Miocic would further delay his timeline for a title shot.

“I respect him and I get why he wants the money but at the same time it does affect my timeline of what I want to get done. I do feel some type of way about it but I’m not going to bash Stipe. I get it,” Blaydes said.

“I get that but then again I’m in the midst of my career and how long do I have to wait for a title shot? How many more money grab fights do I have to wait through before I get a shot?”

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Blaydes will face Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC Raleigh in late January. Should he win that fight, and Miocic rematch Cormier next without a superfight against Fury, Blaydes likes his chances for a title shot.

“I’ll go with Stipe [to win] again,” Blaydes said. “Especially after both got a win under their belts, if they do fight again, the rounds are going to be a lot more explosive. They’ve both seen what the other one has and they won’t be as tentative. I still think Stipe’s the better striker and he definitely has the reach advantage.

“It all depends if DC goes in there with the mindset just to wrestle, he could probably win, but I think he has an ego. He wants to strike with Stipe and that will be his downfall. I would definitely love to see that happen [with me against Stipe] but right now I’m focused on JDS and we’ll go from there.”

What do you think about Blaydes waiting on a heavyweight title opportunity for so long? Does he deserve it?

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