Friday , August 12 2022

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier says that Stipe Miocic's acted a bit like a brat.


Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic are two of the most watched guys in MMA. So entering their rematch of a heavyweight at UFC 241, one would assume that everything would be roses and sunshine. But despite the general respect of both men being known, things appear to be provable ahead of their conflict on Saturday night. And while it's not a full-blown scam match, just as the UFC won't sell things like that, there's animosity on both sides.

Speaking recently to ESPN, Cormier acknowledged that he and Miocic are not the best, but unlike his beef with Jon Jones, Cormier only counts it to slight personality differences.

"I think I'm annoyed with Stipe Miocic," Cormier said. "I think I was annoyed with Stipe Miocic after The Ultimate Fighter" for the first time. I think he's a respectful guy so shakes hands and saying the right things, but I think at his core he's like, "I can't stand this little guy." We are too different …

"I have my nerves, but whatever. I don't care. Everyone doesn't have to like you. What matters, because we have to really fight. After we fight, we don't have to be friends. He has a great family, he has a life and he can live his and I can go live mine. I respect everything he does for his community and all, but there are some things he does that bother me as well. "

The thing that bothers Cormier the most is how Miocic dealt with the loss to him. Cormier took Miocic's heavyweight title with a first-round knockout. Miocic called for an instant rematch and then did so with increasing veracity, later even posting pictures of their struggle of himself beating Cormier. This rubbed Cormier the wrong way because, in the end, Miocic ended up unconscious in that fight and Cormier says his reaction to the loss was similar to that of a naughty kid.

"He sits at all times, just a little… I feel like he acted a little like a crypt," Cormier said. "Like," I should get a rematch! "I just thought he was fighting again. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but you know what, it worked and now he has a chance to fight for the title again. So yes, there are things we both dislike about each other, but at the end of the day I don't lose sleep because of Stipe Miocic, which I don't like. "

It actually worked. Cormier defended the heavyweight title in a short-lived fight against Derrick Lewis just four months after striking out Miocic but has not fought since, handling an ongoing back-to-back issue and awaiting Brock Lesnar's return. When Lesnar retired from MMA earlier this year, that paved the way for a Miocic rematch. But the way it all played out also stole Cormier's decision to "ruin" Miocic's career.

"When I lost to Jones the second time, it could be beyond ” Cormier said. I cried. I was done. He broke me to a point when it would be very difficult to get me back. Then everything else happened to where you are now just behind and have to go back and fight and defend this title, as you assumed. The reality is, [Stipe] just sat around. He didn't come back and did what he was supposed to do. He talked about me in a way that bothers me and everything, so you know what kind of man, sometimes you get what you ask for and when you get it, when you really get it, how he gets it on Saturday, now you must live with that. It won't take a very strong man to bounce back from what I'm doing to Stipe on Saturday night. "

UFC 241 takes place on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

PK. Daniel Cormier about his retirement: "I don't want to be a guy coming out on my back."

Trilogy. Jon Jones: "I guarantee you there won't be a third fight" with Daniel Cormier.

Loose. Nate Diaz is reportedly being "ostracized" by the UFC, claims Dustin Poirier in a fight.

Star. Jorge Masvidal doesn't give Ben Askren much credit for his popularity: "Thank you for your f * cking chin."

USED. John Allan fails drug test after winning UFC Sacramento debut.

USED. Istela Nunes from UFC Mexico City with anti-doping violation.

UFC 241 chronology.

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Poirier's cognitive training.

Candidate interview with Darren Till.

An interesting look at all the UFC title fights in history.

Kang made a Usman-Covington advertisement.

The Co-Main Event. Discussing the nose of Mike Perry, Nate Diaz, and Daniel Cormier.

Anik & Florian. Recapturing UFC Uruguay and previewing UFC 241.

The beef continues.

Jon had a blast yesterday.

"I'm not even crazy. Actually I think it's fun."

Absolutely crazy.

Masvidal respecting Till.

Country has a fight.

Jessica Eye (14-7, 1 NC) vs. Viviane Araujo (8-1); UFC 243, Dec. 14

2010: Miesha Tate won a unanimous decision over Hitomi Akano in Strikeforce Challangers: Riggs Vs. Taylor, winning the bantamweight tournament and arranging her for a title shot against Marloes Coenen.

Jon's constant refusal to even consider moving to a heavyweight is strange.

Thanks for reading and seeing you tomorrow.


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