Daniel Cormier has reflected on his rematch with Stipe Miocic.
Cormier will fight Miocic with the heavyweight title on the line at the UFC 252 pay-per-view event on August 15th.
The rematch took place on August 17, 2019, at UFC 241. Cormier lost the fight by TKO in the fourth round, which ended his reign as heavyweight champion
Daniel Cormier On Stipe Miocic Rematch
During a recent media appearance, the former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion looked back on their second fight.
“I think it’s more pronounced because I want to win so badly and I feel like I just fumbled so bad,” Cormier said on ESPN (H/T to MMA Fighting). “I fumbled really bad last time. I fumbled in a lot of ways. I was so distracted with everything going on in my life and I was so focused on coaching and all these other things that I kind of just fumbled. I fumbled bad and I wasn’t prepared as I needed to and I got tired. Like, I got tired. I can admit it. I got tired. He hit me with those shots in the end, he hurt me to the body and he hurt me to the head and I didn’t react because my body couldn’t react because I was so tired, and I will not allow that to happen again. If he ever finds a way to hurt me, I need to fight back like I did in every other instance in my entire life. I didn’t do that last time and it sits with me every single day.
“I think that’s what happened to me,” Cormier said. “I was very comfortable because I felt like I was better – and I still do believe I’m better – but that was even almost like reaffirmed after the first round because I landed almost everything I threw. Even after the fight, I think I landed like 70 percent of my strikes. I barely ever missed so it was just a bad combination that got me beat. So I think about it constantly. It’s bad.”