Cormier on Miocic heavyweight title bout: ‘I have to do it’
Despite earlier comments about not wanting to return to the heavyweight division, Daniel Cormier couldn’t refuse the offer to fight UFC champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July.
“I’m excited,” Cormier told TMZ Sports. “It’s a big deal. Great opportunity to fight the greatest heavyweight champion of all time and try to cement myself as one of the best fighters to ever do it.
“I just want to fight. Plus, it’s such a big opportunity. It’s one of those that you can’t really pass up whenever it’s offered to you. Once I talked to Cain Velasquez and he gave me the go-ahead and well wishes, I was like, ‘You know what? I have to do it.’
“I’ve never been afraid of a fight. That’s one thing: I’ve never been afraid of a fight. It was always about whether or not it worked in terms of what I was trying to do and what my teammate had going. Cain said to me he doesn’t think that he would get a title shot right away — ‘So let’s get you prepared to try to be the heavyweight champ of the world.’”
“[White] is a pretty persistent guy, and when he wants something done, he has ways of getting them done,” Cormier said. “And let’s just say I enjoy his ways.”