By: Blue Corner | February 5, 2019 3:45 pm
Earlier today, we asked a fairly straightforward question in a headline, and Daniel Cormier wasted little time giving some straightforward answers.
Former heavyweight champion and new father Stipe Miocic posted a video on his YouTube channel Monday. And along with talking about the challenges and lessons he’s learned from fatherhood, he also used the video as an opportunity to ask current champ Cormier for a rematch and a chance to reclaim the title.
Miocic said it would be a way to one day show his daughter that “no matter what happens in life, you get knocked down, you get up, you dust yourself off, you put your head down, and you keep moving forward.”
So in a Blue Corner post today, we asked: “How can Daniel Cormier deny Stipe Miocic a rematch after this powerful video?”
Well, Cormier responded and told us exactly how he can deny Miocic a rematch. He tweeted out three bullet points to make his case for not fighting Miocic, if that’s indeed the direction the road winds up leading:
“Reason 1: he’s being entitled, why have I fought since and he hasn’t. He lost the fight is he still the champ?
Reason 2: I’m hurt
Reason3: how do I do it better? I beat him in a round last time ?”
Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) won the heavyweight title in May 2016 with a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum in Brazil. He then defended it three straight times, which set a UFC record, with knockouts of Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos and a decision over Francis Ngannou.
But then Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) moved up to challenge for the belt in an attempt to become a two-division champion in July 2018 at UFC 226 and knocked out Miocic in the first round. Cormier in December relinquished the light heavyweight title, which now rests on Jon Jones’ shoulder once again, but he remains heavyweight champ – without a fight booked.
Former champion Brock Lesnar remains an option, just as he was immediately after Cormier won the belt against Miocic, but nothing has been finalized. Because of that, Miocic’s pleas with Cormier and the UFC to rebook them have been steady.
His YouTube video may have been his strongest case yet. But Cormier’s rebuttals were swift.
What do you think? Should Cormier give Miocic a rematch? Sound off in our poll below. You can also watch Miocic’s YouTube video below.
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