Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar had some heavy words for Stipe Miocic when he stormed the octagon back at UFC 226. Now the Cleveland native has come forward with a response to the matter.
Stipe Miocic, the longest defending heavyweight champion in UFC history, lost his title to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier by way of a first round knockout at UFC 226 on July 7. After the fight, Cormier called out Brock Lesnar and the former champion stormed the octagon.
“I walked into this building and watched the heavyweight disasters from the beginning.” Lesnar said. “(Francis) Ngannou is a piece of sh*t. (Stipe) Miocic is a piece of sh*t.”
Speaking to ESPN, Stipe Miocic has come forward with his thoughts on the situation.
“It was a s— show and it was disrespectful. I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about.”
“I thought they were going to interview me [after the fight] and I was going to ask for a rematch. When Brock came in, I said, ‘I’m out of here, I don’t need this circus.’ How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?”
“I want a title shot. I deserve it. [Lesnar] hasn’t fought in how long? For him to get a title shot, as I get thrown to the side? It just seems like they are desperate for pay-per-views.
“I cleaned out the division. I defended it more than anyone, and you’re gonna tell me I don’t deserve a chance to get it back? Get out of here. Kiss my ass if you don’t think I deserve that.”
“It was like a two-second conversation, he apologized for everything that happened in the cage. I just said, ‘Whatever.’ The apology didn’t mean anything. That’s what they want to happen.”
“That hurt and it definitely f—ed me up a little bit. I didn’t realize the referee was warning him about it until after, when my coaches told me. They were all pissed. No excuses, but that s— hurt. And it’s not like it was just a little poke, it was knuckle deep.”