Daniel Cormier is hoping Stipe Miocic brings his ‘wrestling shoes’ in the trilogy fight at UFC 252 to determine who is ultimately the greatest heavyweight of all time.
According to Cormier, he plans to be like Curtis Blaydes and will constantly wrestle Miocic unlike the last time where he lost the heavyweight belt by TKO (punches).
“That old leg is gon’ be right in front of me to grab. I’ll be like Curtis Blaydes,” Cormier said about his strategy against Miocic in the third and final fight.
“If you want to see a 25-minute stand-up fight, that’s not what you’re getting. I hope Stipe [Miocic] has his wrestling shoes because with the small cage… single leg, single leg, single leg, single leg, wrestling. It is what it is. Sorry. It is what it is.”
Cormier also has no issues fighting at the UFC Apex with no fans.
“Stipe Miocic and I are going to fight for the heavyweight championship,” Cormier said about fighting in a smaller Octagon for the heavyweight championship belt.
“We could fight on the beach somewhere, it’s still going to be an official heavyweight championship fight. It’s the world we live in today. Would you rather not have the fights? That’s the world we live in. We’ve got to fight where we’re supposed to fight. It is what it is. Big cage, small cage, I’m just gonna do my thing.”
In the first fight, Cormier returned to the heavyweight division and knocked out Miocic late in the first round to become one of the few two-division champions.
And in the second fight, Cormier was on his way to defending his belt until Miocic made a masterful adjustment by going to the body late and knocking him out.
Since the rematch, the two have gone back and forth on social media, but it was unclear when the trilogy fight would happen due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As Cormier lost respect for Miocic after beating him ‘so bad’ in the first round, he is determined to stick to the game plan and cement his legacy as one of the greatest.
With Cormier expected to retire after, Miocic will likely fight Francis Ngannou for the second time next regardless of the result, which will be a good test for both.