Miocic determined to remain king at UFC 211

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 02.05.2017 16:05h Author:

Miočić (screenshot)

Stipe Miočić’s hunger to succeed has only grown during his reign as the UFC heavyweight champion, which is a mantle he’s put his heart and soul behind.

“There’s a lot that goes into being a champion, but nothing is going to change me,” Miočić told FloCombat. “I’m the champ for a reason. I love this and I bask in it. I have a champion’s mindset and I’ve always pursued that in everything I’ve ever done. I’ve been a champion at other things, but this is what I love, and I’m the best in the world at what I do.

“Everything is going good and life is great. We just bought a beautiful house with some acreage and I love what we have. I’m not going to give that up. I have an amazing family, my wife’s family is amazing and all my coaches especially. I’m not going to let them down because they have sacrificed so much for me.”

“A lot has changed for me, and I think that’s clear if you’ve watched me fight that I’m a completely different” Miocic said. “I think I’ve gotten better with each fight, tremendously better in fact, and I truly believe everyone sees that. Whether they choose to acknowledge that is a different story, but I know the progress I’ve made.

“My confidence in my skills has never been higher. I’ve busted my ass for years and people still don’t give me credit. Good…keep that up. I’ve been the underdog for most of my career and that’s motivating to me. People think I’m going to lose this fight to JDS and I love it. I’m good with that because you doubt me and I’m going to shut you up.”

Coming off an impressive performance, many believe dos Santos will return to championship form against Miocic, but that’s a scenario the reigning heavyweight king isn’t all too concerned with.

“We’re going to find out, but I don’t really care,” Mioicic added in regard to the Brazilian’s apparent return to form. “I’m way better than last time and he knows he’s in for a huge fight.”

Yet, while building out a legacy in the sport would be a rewarding turn, Miocic’s only focus beyond the cage is creating a life where his family can thrive.

“I take it one fight at a time,” Miocic said. “I definitely want my family, one day if we have kids, I want them to be taken care of. I want them to be financially set. Having a legacy is awesome, but taking care of my family is what matters to me. I also want them to be proud of me because I’m not a quitter and be able to push forward. I want them to have the same mentality my mom gave me.”