Ahead of their rematch at UFC 241 later this year, Daniel Cormier has said he is done being nice to Stipe Miocic after the approach he took to securing a second fight with the UFC heavyweight champion.
Cormier was rumoured to be defending his title against Brock Lesnar instead of Miocic in August, and that was a fight that was in the works ever since Lesnar pushed Cormier in the cage after he knocked out Miocic in their first fight to win the title. However, Lesnar’s return to the UFC was shut down when it was reported he wanted a flat fee for a fight with Cormier.
So instead Miocic will get the fight he has been holding out for since losing to Cormier in July 2018, something ‘DC’ isn’t a fan of.
“I did not like the approach he took,” Cormier said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I just think he’s so good, even if he’d fought over the course of the year, he still would be in this same position. So I don’t feel I have to be nice to him anymore. The whole time I said he was a bit entitled. (Transcription via MMA News)
“These are conversations we had with the company. He was just as happy as I was. So to make it seem like I was doing something wrong after I was the one who won the fight, I just felt like it was unfair. I’m not wronging this guy. I’m doing exactly what we were told to do after our first fight.”
UFC 241 takes place on August 17th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. It will be Cormier’s first fight since having back surgery in December of last year.