Former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier said that the lack of respect he had for Stipe Miocic was the main reason he lost the title to the Croatian fighter last August.
Stipe and “DC” met for the second time in 2019 with Miocic getting his belt back following a 4 round TKO. Even though the 37-year-old Stipe did a brilliant job on Cormier with the body shots, the former wrestler believes it is all his fault he couldn’t get a second win over Miocic.
Speaking on the latest episode of ‘DC & Helwani’, Cormier urged his heavyweight rival to sign the contract for a trilogy fight, he said.
"Come on, Champ. Sign the contract. Let's go. What are you doing? It's nonsense."@dc_mma tells @arielhelwani he's "a better fighter" than Stipe Miocic and wants to prove it with a trilogy fight in August. pic.twitter.com/5MFnxTXYol
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 4, 2020
“Come on, Champ. Sign the contract. Let’s go, like what are you doing? It’s nonsense. I get that you’re a firefighter, we admire all those things about you wanting to help people in this crisis time, but you’re also the champion of the world. Come on, man, let’s get this thing done, sign the contract.”
“He also said last fight didn’t start so well but this time will be better. It didn’t start so well because I’m better than him, it’s what it is. It’s going to start like that this time but this time I’m not going to get tired and you’re not just going to punch me in the stomach for five minutes. We’re going to prepare me to go and beat you again. It’s going to start the same way because I’m better than him, sign the contract.”
“I should’ve never lost to him. I should’ve never lost that fight to Stipe Miocic. That is going to be one of my greatest regrets. You know I lost to Jon Jones and I fought well in the second fight, I fought well at times in the first fight, but he was better. Stipe Miocic was not better than me and that’s going to be something that I regret for the rest of my life, that I let him get a victory over me, he should’ve never got one.”