The current UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, who successfully defended the title in a fight against Daniel Cormier, is sure that in the second round he could have ended the fight ahead of schedule if he had acted more coolly and calculatingly after sending the opponent to a knockdown.
“Yes, if there was more time left in the second round, I would have finished it. One hundred percent, ” Miocic said at a press conference after the UFC 252 tournament. “I saw that he was badly shaken, and fell almost the same as in the previous match. I guess I was in too much of a hurry to finish him off, so I couldn’t do it. If I had waited a little longer, I would have finished the fight”.
The heavyweight also responded to the claims of the opponent, who said in a post-match interview that after poking his finger in the eye in the third round, he did not see them for the rest of the fight.
“I didn’t do it on purpose, and I apologized to him several times during the fight. He also poked me in the eye, but nothing happened. It wasn’t on purpose, at least not on my part. To be honest, I didn’t immediately realize that I hit him in the eye, and I only saw it on repeat”
Miocic, who has already received challenges from Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones, claims that it doesn’t matter to him who exactly will be his next opponent.
“I don’t care at all. It’s my birthday next week, so right now I’m thinking about sipping beer»
Despite the fact that many already call Stipe Miocic the best heavyweight in history, the UFC champion does not lack motivation to continue his career.
“I have nothing to prove. You just need to keep winning. It’s fun. In addition, I am motivated by my family, wife and daughter. I want to take care of them. If something happens to me, so that they will be all right”
The heavyweight also made it clear that he is not going to give up his job in the Cleveland fire Department, where he works side by side with guys he considers his brothers.
“They press me harder than all my rivals, make me do things that I don’t want to do, but it’s cool. That’s why I love our fire Department. They are my brothers, I feel like one of them, and there is no special relationship to me. I’m lucky to work with these guys».