UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic may be getting ready to square off with light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a super fight at UFC 226 on July 7. But he can’t avoid questions about Brock Lesnar.
Stipe Miocic became the heavyweight champion after knocking out Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in Brazil back in May 2016 and has since defended the belt three times.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Miocic was asked what he thinks of rumors that current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar may return to MMA. Miocic gave credit to Lesnar’s ability but is confident that he can defeat him if they were to ever lock horns in the octagon:
“Brock is a former champ and he knows how to bring it,” Miocic said (via The Mac Life) “He’s tough, he’s very strong and beaten a lot of good guys, but I am a bad match-up for him.”
Brock Lesnar’s current WWE contract is expected to expire after his upcoming WrestleMania 34 appearance, which has led to speculation of a potential return to the UFC. Should he actually return, he would have to re-enter the USADA drug-testing pool first and serve the final six months of his suspension before competing once again in the octagon. Meanwhile, Miocic isn’t losing any sleep over it ahead of his UFC 226 fight with Cormier.
“I match up well with anyone,” added Miocic. “That has a lot to do with my coaches, teammates, and my training. I always have a good game plan walking in on the day of a fight. With Brock, I’d win, there’s no question. But right now, all I care about is fighting DC. That’s all I’m worried about.”
Miocic’s most recent defense was an impressive unanimous decision victory over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 in January.
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