Former two-time UFC champion, Daniel Cormier has urged his opponent, Stipe Miocic to work on his ground game ahead of their highly anticipated title bout next month. Fellow heavyweight contender, Curtis Blaydes put on a non-eventful performance when he defeated Alexander Volkov last weekend. However, DC told ESPN (transcribed by MMA Mania) that he’s not afraid to emulate his rival’s approach. A wrestling heavy approach has proved effective in the confines of the 25-foot cage at the UFC APEX center, where events are currently being held.
“I love fighting at the APEX. That old leg is gonna be right in front of me to grab. I’ll be like Curtis Blaydes. If you want to see a 25-minute stand-up fight, that’s not what you’re getting. I hope Stipe has his wrestling shoes, because with the small cage, single-leg, single-leg, single-leg, single-leg, wrestling. It is what it is. Sorry.”
Cormier is 1-1 with Miocic, who got the better of him last time out at UFC 241. The two MMA legends will now compete for the title of ‘baddest man on the planet’ in this summertime trilogy bout. There was a long pause within the division during lockdown while Stipe returned to his previous duties as a first responder in Ohio. During that time, Francis Ngannou has worked his way back to the top contender spot and is expected to face the winner of this event, which was confirmed on Twitter by Cormier two weeks ago.
DC has revealed on multiple occasions that this is likely to be his last professional mixed martial arts bout. This would mark the end of an impressive eleven year career and will make him a favourite for hall of fame induction soon. Unfortunately, a win for Cormier will only make the heavyweight belt vacant and Stipe will likely face Ngannou at the end of this year regardless of the outcome of UFC 252’s main event.