He was the first heavyweight fighter to win three title defense matches; now, he will go for number four.
The only times Cormier has even looked vulnerable were the two times he lost to Jones, though one was overturned to a no-contest because of a positive drug test.
"I know what he's capable of doing, but it's nothing that scares me", Miocic said.
Defending champion Miocic was typically unruffled by Cormier's comments when they were put to him during his media scrum later that afternoon. Never before in the history of UFC has the reigning Light Heavyweight Champion competed for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
After the T-Mobile Arena cage door finally closes on this long-anticipated bout, both fighters agree we'll finally know the identity of the biggest, baddest man in MMA. "I think he definitely has the power advantage, and I also think because of his wrestling background, it's going to be very hard for DC to take him down consistently", Florian explained when speaking to MMAWeekly.
Following the UFC 226 PPV, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar entered the Octagon following Daniel Cormier's UFC Heavyweight Championship win, shoving the new champion to set up their upcoming title clash. Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre defended his belt in 2009 by battering lightweight champ BJ Penn, and McGregor accomplished his feat less than two years ago in his most recent MMA fight. Meanwhile, the People's Champion Stipe Miocic has endeared himself to the average Joe by being a throwback to another generation when a professional athlete also held a regular job in the offseason, as does the part-time firefighter. Great guy. Firefighter, hero.
Miocic, a grown-up goofball far more likely to prank someone than talk trash, is unsurprisingly taking the massive superfight in stride.
"I think it's going to be an interesting fight". "I'm excited. I love being champ".
"Hey Brock, get out of my Octagon", Cormier said. He reddened Miocic's face with punches, and the finishing sequence was reminiscent of combinations he threw the last time he fought at heavyweight, in 2013.
"That's fine", Miocic retorted. "Guess what? He's getting knocked out too".