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Stipe Miocic responds to ‘idiot’ Daniel Cormier, shocked UFC booked rematch

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Stipe Miocic is shocked he’s actually getting a rematch with Daniel Cormier.

UFC 220: Miocic v Ngannou Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

The wait paid off for Stipe Miocic.

After spending almost a year on the sidelines and refusing to fight anyone but the reigning heavyweight champion, Miocic finally got his long-awaited rematch with Daniel Cormier, who he will challenge at the upcoming UFC 241 pay-per-view in August.

Cormier, who seized heavyweight gold when he knocked Miocic out at UFC 226, was originally expected to defend his title against WWE superstar Brock Lesnar but the bout fell through after it was revealed that Lesnar couldn’t reach a deal with the premiere fight promotion.

Cormier isn’t exactly over the moon to be fighting Miocic again, and ‘DC’ has called the part-time firefighter ‘entitled’.

Miocic, who is shocked that the UFC actually went through with the rematch, responded to Cormier’s comments in a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, calling the the former Olympian an ‘idiot.’

“[I was] In shock I think, it was kind of surreal,” Miocic said, per’s Drake Riggs. “But I knew it was gonna happen… just being patient. I had no idea what he was talking about ‘a company conversation.’ I definitely wasn’t in that conversation. I had no idea about the Brock thing literally until right before I walked out for the fight so he’s an idiot. I have no idea what he’s talking about. He literally says one thing then he says something else. I don’t even listen anymore. But yeah, whatever. I don’t care. I’m fighting him that’s all I care about.

“He can say what he wants to say, he’ll probably say something tomorrow and… I don’t know. Whatever. Right now, yeah [he annoys me], man. Jesus, like one minute he says I’m deserving and ‘If I don’t fight Brock, he’ll get the fight,’ and then he’s like ‘No, you gotta fight three more times before you get a fight for the title, you gotta work your way up like everyone else.’ And I’m like what’re you talking about? You just said I deserve it…? I don’t know. He’s like a woman when they want to go out to eat dinner but they have no idea what they want to go eat but they say they want to go eat somewhere but they change their mind. It’s just never-ending.”

UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic II takes place later this year, August 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.