UFC 226 didn’t go as planned for Stipe Miocic.
After being knocked out by Daniel Cormier and losing his heavyweight title, though, Miocic was hoping to get a chance to call for a rematch.
That didn’t happen.
Instead, former champion Brock Lesnar entered the Octagon and had a brief scuffle with Cormier. The two are expected to square off in early 2019 after Lesnar is cleared by USADA to return.
“It was a shit show and it was disrespectful,” Miocic said during an interview with ESPN. “I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about.
“I thought they were going to interview me (after the fight) and I was going to ask for a rematch. When Brock came in, I said, ‘I’m out of here, I don’t need this circus.’ How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?”
Miocic set a new high-water mark with three consecutive title defenses in the heavyweight division, but was floored by “DC”,” the reigning light heavyweight champion.
Over the weekend, he was called out by Junior dos Santos following his return to action, which featured a decision win over Blagoy Ivanov.
“I want a title shot. I deserve it,” Miocic said. “(Lesnar” hasn’t fought in how long? For him to get a title shot, as I get thrown to the side? It just seems like they are desperate for pay-per-views.
”I cleaned out the division. I defended it more than anyone, and you’re gonna tell me I don’t deserve a chance to get it back? Get out of here. Kiss my ass if you don’t think I deserve that.”