Morning Report: Stipe Miocic explains delay in Daniel Cormier trilogy bout, Dana White implies an ultimatum

Morning Report: Stipe Miocic explains delay in Daniel Cormier trilogy bout, Dana White implies an ultimatum

Recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier renewed calls for a trilogy fight with current champion Stipe Miocic. Miocic has been reticent to defend his title during the coronavirus pandemic and Cormier has been getting a little antsy, calling for a bout with Miocic this summer. But unfortunately for Cormier, the heavyweight champion says that is not going to happen.

“I didn’t know he was calling his shots,” Miocic told ESPN in reference to Cormier’s recent comments. “Wow, I can’t really do anything because, again, my state is shut down for another month. Who knows how long after that? They were supposed to open in May and then they said another four weeks. Every gym shut down. I literally can’t train so how am I going to take a fight? I don’t understand what he’s (talking about).

“Listen, I’ll fight him. I never said I’m ducking or leaving or running or trying to fight someone else, like he did. I just can’t train, dude. I’ll fight you. I don’t care. But let me make sure I get a full camp, dude. I’m down.”

Aside from being in the middle of a statewide lockdown, Miocic is also a full-time firefighter, an essential service during this global pandemic. Miocic has been pretty clear that right now, fighting must take a backseat to the more pressing health concerns going on, especially as those concerns severely inhibit his ability to perform at his best. Miocic says. the fall is a more likely timeline for his return and he’s not going to move that up just to satisfy Cormier’s personal timeline.

“It’s not gonna be in August, I can tell you that,” Miocic said. “More like the fall, but who knows if it comes back stronger? I’m down to fight him. I never said I wasn’t. How am I gonna sign a contract when I can’t even train? . . .

“I worked hard to get where I’m at. I’m not gonna sit there and put half my effort into it or get half my training because the dude wants to fight me in August. He just wants to fight me so he can retire. Good for him but I’m not on his schedule.”

But while Cormier’s timeline may not hold much sway over Miocic, UFC President Dana White’s certainly could. Speaking recently with Barstool Sports, White addressed the heavyweight divisions current situation with Miocic on the shelf, saying that if champions don’t want to fight right now, they might not be champions for long.

“I don’t think so,” White said about an interim heavyweight title. “We’ll see a championship fight. Listen, fights can happen right now. You either want to fight or you don’t.”

White then was asked point blank if that means a champion who doesn’t want to fight may be stripped, to which he responded, “Possibly.”

The old show business adage is that “the show must go on” and now it seems that the UFC is getting close to carrying on without their heavyweight champion.

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Cormier on Stipe’s laissez faire attitude towards his haters.

Reporter: you’re getting some criticism for nothing fighting. ( his answer)
Guys, maybe he doesn’t love you but I’m here for you always, The People’s Champ! pic.twitter.com/8iumNkgNKv

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 5, 2020

Ouch.

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Petr Yan is not having it.

Desperate thing triple coward @HenryCejudo will do just to avoid fighting me ‍♂️ https://t.co/ErEByFkCRI

— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) May 5, 2020

Paulo Costa’s new thing with Chael is odd.

The west Oregon undefeated x the Goat https://t.co/eWgQpEWWeQ

— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) May 6, 2020

Solid work.

Ready for #FightIsland. #UFCFL #ApolloCreed pic.twitter.com/LgvS50tSNx

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The more you know.

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— Jeff Novitzky (@JeffNovitzkyUFC) May 5, 2020

Extremely socially distant.

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One of their best posters ever.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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