In UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s latest octagon performance, the fighter received some backlash for not allowing UFC President Dana White to place the belt around him. Now the record breaking title holder has come forward with his thoughts on what will happen if he wins his next title defense.
Back at UFC 220, Stipe Miocic went toe-to-toe with rising challenger and popular knockout artist Francis Ngannou. Miocic put on a dominant performance over his opponent, ultimately earning a unanimous decision victory over Ngannou.
The fight made for Miocic’s third consecutive defense of his heavyweight title, thereby breaking the UFC record for consecutive heavyweight belt defenses. Directly after the fight, Dana White approached Miocic in an attempt to place the belt around the fighter’s waist.
Shaking the tradition, Miocic refused White and gave the belt to his coach for his coach to place around his waist. Speaking on UFC Unfiltered podcast, Miocic was asked if he will allow White to place the belt around his waist if he wins at UFC 226.
Miocic is set to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a heavyweight title fight in the night’s main event. In response to the question, Miocic cryptically stated “You’ll find out.”
UFC 226 goes down live on pay-per-view July 7.