Miocic’s comeback victory Sunday night saw him become the fourth fighter in history to recapture the undisputed UFC heavyweight title as he avenged his loss to Cormier in July 2018.
The heavyweight’s previous encounter saw Cormier defeat Miocic by knockout in the first-round to become the UFC heavyweight champion and the second fighter in history to hold two championships simultaneously in separate weight classes.
At the post-fight press conference, Miocic explained the difficulty he had connecting shots in the first two rounds.
“In a fight anything can happen, he gave me some good shots, but I wasn’t really worried about it,” Miocic said. “He’s (Cormier) an amazing wrestler and like I said I started off slow in the first few rounds; I wasn’t me.”
“I was fighting like a bitch, I really was. I take nothing away from D.C (Daniel Cormier) he’s tough. He’s fought the best in the world and beat the best in the world. It took me sometime to get my mojo and I couldn’t feel it.”
“My one coach told me that when I walked in the fourth round he knew it would be over. He’s like, ‘I just see your face, the way your sweating, your hips are moving.’ he said he knew it would be good.”
Despite losing his momentum in the third-round, Cormier says that he was content with his performance early on in the bout. While talking to ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto after the fight, Cormier expressed his regret of not utilizing more wrestling takedowns in his game plan.
“I think when the first round started and we started finally trading (strikes), I was able to hit him,” Cormier explained. “In the second round everything was landing, but I was also taking shots and I just didn’t wrestle.”
“That’s what I should’ve continued to do…. I should’ve continued to wrestle and try and take him to the ground. On the ground I was controlling the exchanges and I was able to keep him down for three and a half minutes. So it never really felt that he was going to get away from me until the very end of the first-round where I ended up in a front headlock or something.”
While speaking with ESPN MMA, Cormier also spoke about a possible rematch with Miocic in the future. Although the former heavyweight champions future in MMA in uncertain, what is certain is that his decision for a third fight with Miocic will depend on if his coaching staff and family are on board.
“I think I can get a rematch if I wanted to,” Cormier said.” It’s something I’ll have to discuss with my team, my wife and my kids. My son, little Daniel, just asked me, ‘Dad are you retired?’ and I said, ‘Well, I don’t know Pop.’ I said, ‘Will it make you upset if I am?’ and he said. ‘No.’ He said I could spend more time with them.”
“So, I just have to take my time and figure it out.”