Last week it was reported that Stipe Miocic had been cleared from injury but would be taking some time to think about his next fight.
The two-time UFC heavyweight champion was originally expected to defend his title in a trilogy bout against Daniel Cormier but the Independence, Ohio native recently teased of a rematch with Francis Ngannou.
Cormier, who suffered a fourth-round TKO defeat to Miocic back in August of last year, wasn’t exactly happy with Miocic’s sentiments and urged the reigning champ to ‘do the right thing’ and give ‘DC’ his rematch. Cormier, however, was initially reluctant to give Miocic a rematch after he KO’d the 37-year-old in their heavyweight title bout at UFC 226.
“I mean Stipe and I are going to fight next. That’s exactly what’s supposed to happen. It’s what’s gonna happen,” Cormier said while on set for the UFC Raleigh post-fight show on Saturday. “I know they’re saying they want something new — well hell, I wanted something new after I beat him and I gave him a rematch.
“So it’s only right to do the right thing. You’re honorable, right Stipe? You’re a fireman, you save lives. You do the right thing all the time, right? Do the right thing and give me my rematch.”
Although medically cleared to fight, Miocic doesn’t seem too keen on defending his heavyweight title anytime soon. The UFC veteran wants to take things slow in training to avoid causing any further damage to his eye.