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.

Dana White

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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Dana White Claims Tyson Fury Is Serious About Fighting In MMA

Dana White appears to be coming around to the idea of heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury fighting in the UFC. Last month the lineal heavyweight boxing champion posted several videos of himself training with middleweight contender Darren Till, who said there is a 70 percent chance Fury makes the jump to MMA. UFC President White originally […]

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Dana White appears to be coming around to the idea of heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury fighting in the UFC.

Last month the lineal heavyweight boxing champion posted several videos of himself training with middleweight contender Darren Till, who said there is a 70 percent chance Fury makes the jump to MMA.

UFC President White originally scoffed at the idea of Fury switching sports. Speaking to TMZ Sports he said. “Why come over here and get smashed. You’re one of the top four guys in boxing. Why even think about coming over here?”

However,
a month is a long time in the combat sports world and apparently White has
change his tune.

In an interview with Washington based radio station 106.7 FM, White said he had talked with the Englishman who has convince the UFC boss he is serious about crossing over. (H/T 106.7 FM)

“It’s
interesting. He and I talked the other day. He really is interested in fighting,
so I respect that. We’ll see what happens.”

“Let’s see what happens with his boxing career. He’s got this rematch coming up with Wilder, which is obviously huge and a fun fight for the heavyweight division. You’ve got Ruiz and Joshua fighting this weekend. So, we’ll see how that goes and we’ll see what happens.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

This is a drastic change of tune from White, who has at least been convinced of Fury’s intentions to fight if nothing else. But the UFC boss is right Fury has much bigger fish to fry in boxing right now.

The 31-year-old is just a few months away from a mammoth rematch against American heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Beyond that he has lucrative potential match-ups with both Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz waiting in his future.

Do you think Tyson Fury will ever cross over into MMA?

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Dana White Says He Talked To Tyson Fury On MMA Career: ‘He Really Is Interested In Fighting’

Dana White says he has talked to the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury about a move to MMA. Fury has said he wants to fight in the UFC when his boxing career is over, yet White has been skeptical about it. However, speaking on Washington-based 10…

Dana White says he has talked to the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury about a move to MMA. Fury has said he wants to fight in the UFC when his boxing career is over, yet White has been skeptical about it. However, speaking on Washington-based 106.7 FM, the UFC boss said Fury truly is interested in […]

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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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Junior dos Santos Wants To Welcome Tyson Fury To MMA, Rematch In Boxing

Tyson Fury has announced he has an interest in competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), and ever since making that announcement, he has been challenged every which way from top UFC heavyweights. Now, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has thrown his name in the hat. “JDS,” speaking to MMA Fighting, says he’d love […]

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Tyson Fury has announced he has an interest in competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), and ever since making that announcement, he has been challenged every which way from top UFC heavyweights.

Now, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has thrown his name in the hat. “JDS,” speaking to MMA Fighting, says he’d love to welcome the boxing lineal heavyweight champion to the world of MMA. After that, he’d gladly rematch the Englishman inside the boxing ring.

“Both. I’d do both,” dos Santos said. “It would be perfect to fight Tyson Fury in MMA, as he wishes, and then, with a win over him, fight him in boxing, in his world. He would come to my world and then I would go to his world. It would be the pinnacle, a great moment for both sports.”

Fury has been taking his claims of a potential career in MMA very seriously. He recently took part in a training session with fellow countryman and top-ranked UFC middleweight Darren Till. Till himself said he gives Fury a 70 percent chance of actually following through and fighting in MMA. As for dos Santos, he believes Fury will follow through on his word as well, but not for any more than one fight.

“I don’t think he comes (full time) to MMA, but I think he’ll fight once,” dos Santos said. “It would be very interesting. I see the UFC going that direction as well with Zuffa Boxing and Dana White being a huge boxing fan. We saw him meeting Floyd Mayweather again, and that’s extremely beneficial for all of us. It would be a great opportunity for me. I’ve always dreamed with the opportunity of fighting a great boxer. It’s my area, it’s where I feel most comfortable.”

Dos Santos believes Fury can present interesting matchups for fighters in MMA given his boxing skillset and reach. He also respects Fury for being willing to fight in MMA, as opposed to some other boxers who have been challenged, but ignore the callout.

“Tyson Fury is an excellent boxer, has really long arms and move well for a guy his size,” dos Santos said. “I think he can definitely make an interesting fight in MMA. I’ve challenged (Anthony) Joshua in the past, and so did (Stipe) Miocic, and he played like he wasn’t listening. They stay in a safer place acting like they are better than MMA fighters, but that’s not the truth. The truth is, we’re more complete fighters and we can give them a hard night, even in their own sport.”

What do you think about dos Santos’ call for an MMA and boxing fight with Fury?

 

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