Current UFC dual-division champ Daniel Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) is set to defend his heavyweight title for the first time against Derrick Lewis (21-5, 1 NC) in the main event of UFC 230 in November.
This matchup was quite a shock to many UFC fans as they were expecting a rematch between Cormier and Stipe Miocic. However, the promotion seems to be making things interesting before DC retires as he is set to face a surging fighter who conquered nine of his past 10 fights in the heavyweight class.
Following the announcement of the fight, news broke that Miocic was actually offering to step in to bolster at UFC 230. In a report from ESPN, the former heavyweight champ revealed that he has been calling out for a rematch, but was never accepted.
Because of this, a lot of fans expressed their disappointment on DC as they think Miocic deserves the rematch. In response, DC said to MMA Weekly that he believes the rematch “doesn’t make sense” at the moment.
“I’m not trying to say I’m afraid of Stipe. I swear I’m not afraid of Stipe Miocic. Why would I be?” Cormier said. “It just did not make sense right now. I don’t mind fighting him again. It’s not like it was the hardest fight. I do appreciate that he’s being vocal because sh-t man, maybe if he had done that in the beginning, maybe we would have made some money. The pay-per-view didn’t do that well because we did not make money. Obviously, issues sell. Maybe he’s trying to stir the pot a little bit to get some interest in our fight.”
In fact, even Lewis, who is set to face DC in November, admitted that Miocic deserves the title shot more than him. But Cormier firmly believes that what’s done is done and that Miocic clearly lost their match.
“I think it’s crazy in the sense that he says ‘you won the first one, that will be the last one you ever win’. It’s not like he was smashing me,” Cormier said. “He says he was winning the fight. I was hitting him with some clean shots. It was an even round and he got knocked out.”