Stipe Miocic attempted to convince the UFC to get a bigger Octagon for his next fight, but failed.
Miocic will make his next heavyweight title defense against Daniel Cormier at the UFC 252 pay-per-view event on August 15th. It’s an important fight for both men as Miocic will look to win back-to-back fights against Cormier, who has said that this will be his retirement fight.
According to the UFC champ, he tried to get a bigger Octagon for this fight, but failed to do so due to the venue that the event will be held from.
Stipe Miocic Failed In Lobbying For Bigger Octagon
“A bigger cage is better of course,” Miocic told ESPN. “It is what it is. I’m not going to cry about it. I definitely tried to get a bigger cage, but it wasn’t in the cards. What are you gonna do? I’m not worried. My [gym’s] cage is the same size and I’ve been working on everything.”
“There are a lot more angles and stuff, and getting pushed against the cage, you don’t have that extra five feet,” Miocic said. “We’ve definitely been training wrestling more. He said to bring my wrestling shoes. He’ll definitely try to wrestle me, but every fight starts standing, don’t forget that. We’ll see. Take me down then. We’re wrestling? I thought we were fighting.”
Ravens POV: The UFC Apex is a smaller venue and the UFC can’t get the bigger Octagon in there. It does produce more exciting fights. The only reason that the UFC uses the bigger Octagons in arenas is due to it looking better on TV.