Reigning UFC heavyweight champion and former light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier admits he wasn’t exactly motivated when the UFC came calling about a rematch with Stipe Miocic.
Cormier KO’d Miocic last year to become a simultaneous two-division champion and the former Olympian has had to completely change his mindset in the lead-up to this year’s championship rematch at UFC 241.
“The motivation needs to change,” Cormier told MMA Junkie Radio in a recent interview. “Before, it was, ‘I’m going to go and become a double champion.’ Now I need to go and defend this title again and go beat one of the best heavyweights of all-time for a second time. This is not easy.”
It’s going to be difficult for ‘DC’ to top his first-round KO of Miocic at UFC 226 but the American Kickboxing Academy standout plans to put on a good showing nonetheless.
“Ultimately, it’s always about winning the fight,” Cormier said. “Get the job done, but if there’s any way to improve, then try to improve. I mean, can I find a submission? Can I find a way to take advantage of the same type of mistake that he may have made prior?
“I spoke about a mistake that Stipe made constantly, consistently, and I was able to capitalize on it but maybe there’s something else we’re seeing that we didn’t have to do last fight that I can use in this one,” Cormier added. “There are a lot of different ways to try and win a fight.”
UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic II takes place later this year, August 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.