Daniel Cormier: 'It's going to take a very tough man to bounce back from what I do to Stipe' Miocic at UFC 241

Daniel Cormier has not minced his words heading into UFC 241.

As he enters Saturday’s event looking to defeat Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) for the second time, heavyweight champion Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) says the former titleholder will never be the same again once he’s done with him.

Miocic, of course, is looking to bounce back from losing his title in the pair’s initial meeting, and Cormier can relate to being down. Most recently, he had to pick himself back up after his devastating knockout loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214 in July 2017, a bout that was later ruled a no contest and saw Cormier reinstated as light heavyweight champion.

But the nature of the way the fight with his arch rival Jones ended was a tough pill to swallow for Cormier, and he returned to the cage six months later. Meanwhile, Miocic’s inactivity following his knockout loss to him some 13 months ago has just rubbed Cormier the wrong way, he said.

“When I lost to Jones that second time, it could have been over,” Cormier said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” “Like, I was crying, I was done. He had broken me to a point it was going to be very difficult to pick myself back up, and then all the other stuff happened to where I was like, ‘Now you’re just kind of back, and you’ve got tp go back and fight and defend this title like you’re supposed to,’ but the reality is, he just sat around.”

Since losing his heavyweight title to Cormier at UFC 226, Miocic has remained on the sideline while he campaigned for a rematch. Cormier initially wanted to fight Brock Lesnar, but after the pro wrestling superstar’s return to the UFC fell apart, Cormier went on to defend his title vs. Derrick Lewis, submitting him in the second round at UFC 230. Cormier then diverted his attention to a rematch with Miocic.

The wait paid off for Miocic, but Cormier doesn’t like that the former champ didn’t take any fights in the meantime.

“He didn’t go back and do what he was supposed to do,” Cormier said. “He was talking about me in a way which was like I annoy him in everything, so it’s like, you know what man, sometimes you get what you ask for, and when you get it, and you really get it like he’s going to get it on Saturday, now you got to live with that, and it’s going to take a very, very tough man to bounce back from what I do to Stipe on Saturday night.”

UFC 241 takes place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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