Croatian martial artist Stipe Miocic, who lost to Cormier via first-round knockout in Las Vegas, tweeted congratulations to the new titleholder on Monday afternoon, with additional indication demonstrating his interest in a rematch.
Miocic stated in a tweet, “Congrats to DC. Didn’t get the chance to say it in the cage, but lets dance again and get a rematch before you call it a career. Thx to my coaches and team.” He further added, ” Being the greatest heavyweight in UFC history is a career-long journey and doesn’t end here. I’m more motivated than ever,” signifying the request.
Cormier, for his part, did not specifically respond to the rematch request. However, he reciprocated the respect and wished Miocic and his family wellness, who are expecting the birth of a child this week.
“My brother it was an honor to share the cage with you. I know you’ll be back better than ever champ. Head up and good luck with baby. #father #husband #hero #champ #cle,” Cormier replied.
Miocic’s loss to Cormier ended a six-fight winning streak, during which he became the only competitor in UFC history to successfully defend the heavyweight title on three consecutive occasions.
For Miocic, the dramatic loss has purportedly influenced an increase in his competitiveness. He had been unbeaten over the past three years and had been champion for over two years. He had made three successful title defenses, more than any previous UFC heavyweight champion. Although Miocic is known as a soft-spoken fighter who refrains from elevating his star power with mouthiness, Miocic nonetheless was being held up by some as the greatest the heavyweight division has ever seen.