Stipe Miocic Motivated By Loss To UFC Champion Francis Ngannou
For Stipe Miocic, the drive to get back to winning and being a champion again is what fuels his fire and passion.
Stipe Miocic has done more than enough during his career to retire a legend. But he still wants more.
Still has that urge and drive to compete.
Miocic, during a recent appearance on Submission Radio, discussed his path back to the UFC heavyweight title. He lost the belt back in March to Francis Ngannou following a trilogy of fights with Daniel Cormier.
“I want a rematch, and I wanna get my title back. He took something that was mine, and it drives me nuts every day,” Miocic said. “I’m always fired up after a loss. I hate losing. I’ve lost a few times, and just, I hate losing, it just drives me nuts. I hate losing. I’m very competitive and I like winning.”
Miocic and Cormier exchanged wins before the Ohio native was able to secure the belt once again in the third encounter.
Currently, nothing has been made official regarding Ngannou, but UFC president Dana White indicated Miocic is next.
“Great news. It’s was what I was expecting, but you never know what could happen. But I’m real happy with that,” he said.
“When I have a contract, then it’ll be real.
“Honestly, I don’t care who it is. I really would love to fight Francis again for the rematch and get that W back over him in the rubber match. But yeah, I don’t care who it is. I’m not preferring anyone, but if I had a choice, I would want to fight Ngannou again. Just because he beat me last time and took the belt.”
Miocic also discussed a potential bout with Jon Jones. The former light heavyweight champion is transitioning to the heavyweight division.
“Of course. He’s one of the pound-for-pound best fighters ever, of all time. I mean, he’s done so well. It’d be great, but I’m not gonna worry about what he wants to do or how much he wants to get paid, and I’m only here for one goal, and that’s to get my belt back.”