Stipe Miocic to Jon Jones: ‘I’m The Baddest Man On The Planet’
Following his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, Jones immediately called out former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Jones later explained why he asked for that fight as opposed to a title shot against Miocic instead.
“I feel like if I was going to take a fight at heavyweight it would be against a person who me and my coaches feel would be a perfect matchup for me,” Jones said at the UFC 214 post fight press conference. “Right now, Stipe is looking extremely impressive. And I believe if you get an extremely talented big guy versus an extremely talented little guy, I mean, a lot of the cards are in his favor. At the same time, I fear no man. I strike for a reason when I strike.
“I feel like Stipe is relatively unknown to the general public. It wouldn’t even be a real superfight in my opinion. I think a lot of MMA fans would be super excited about it, but the general public wouldn’t care about that fight.”
Jones was never really on Miocic’s radar to begin with because they don’t even compete in the same division, but the Ohio native was a little shocked to hear how he’s suddenly not all that relevant in the landscape of a potential super fight in the UFC.
“Listen, I’ll fight anyone. If the UFC wants me to fight Jon, I’ll fight him,” Miocic told FloCombat on Monday. “All I care about right now is breaking that record, winning now and keeping the belt for a long time. I think I am relevant, I don’t know what he’s talking about. I don’t have as many fans as him on social media maybe, but I’m pretty sure I’m relevant.
“I’m the baddest man on the planet for a reason. He can think what he wants, whatever. Listen, at the end of the day I am relevant.”
” I’m a bigger risk 100-percent than Brock Lesnar,” Miocic said. “There’s no question.”
“It would be a huge fight. I don’t understand why you don’t think it would be a huge fight,” Miocic said. “You’ve got pound-for-pound best fighter in the world against No. 4 pound-for-pound. We’re both champions and it’s a fight people want to see. But I’m irrelevant right now so we’ll see.”
“I feel I match up well. I think I match up well against anyone,” Miocic said. “I have a terrible style [to deal with] and I always come into a fight prepared. I have the best coaches and teammates in the world so no matter what fight it is against who, I’m walking out the winner.”
“I’ll fight anyone,” Miocic said. “If the UFC wants me to fight Jon Jones, I’ll fight Jon Jones. If they want me to fight Cain Velasquez, I’ll fight Cain Velasquez. If they want me to fight Anthony Joshua, I’ll fight Anthony Joshua. I don’t really care.
“I’m a professional for a reason. I’m a fighter. I don’t call out people. Whoever you want me to fight, I’m going to fight. I don’t care.”