TUESDAY NEWS DIGEST 2/5: Stipe Miocic has new motivation for Cormier rematch, Cejudo fine to fight Dillashaw again at 125, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Stipe Miocic (photo credit John David Mercer © USA Today Sports)

For her

Things have been quiet on the heavyweight front since Daniel Cormier last defended his UFC championship in November, but former champ Stipe Micoc is trying to create some noise and get a rematch with DC.

In a video plea posted to YouTube that opened with the quote “He owes me this one…I would do the same,” Miocic said that he’s pushing for the fight largely for his new daughter.

“The minute she was born, man, I didn’t know what love was, and every day after that it just grew and grew and I was like, this is what I’m here for.”

Cormier has been taking time off since his November win over Derrick Lewis, and had previously been talking of a March retirement, but has softened on that stance as big money fights with the likes of Brock Lesnar or Jon Jones are still on the table.

If Miocic does get the rematch with Cormier, he knows where things went wrong in their UFC 226 fight last July, and plans to correct things.

“I don’t think he hit that hard,” Miocic said. “I kinda just got out of my element, usually I don’t get out of my element, usually I stick to my gameplan. I kinda just started boxing, like dirty boxing with him, getting in close which I didn’t need to do and I dropped my hand. I knew I do it, but he caught it and he caught me perfect right on the button.”

If Miocic gets that chance, he has all the motivation he needs now.

“The one thing I want to do is get my title back and show her that, no matter what happens in life, you get knocked down, you get up, you dust yourself off, you put your head down and you keep moving forward babe.”

Let’s just run it again

Henry Cejudo doesn’t want to give UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw any excuses when it comes to their fight last month that Cejudo won with a quick 35-second knockout. With all of the talking and complaining Dillashaw has done since the moment the fight ended, Cejudo will give Dillashaw whatever he needs to prove he is the better man.

“If T.J. wants to run it back at 125 we can,” Cejudo told MMAjunkie. “If he still feels like he can beat me at ’25, let’s just run it again. To go to ’35 would be for the legacy, but I’m not opposed to him coming down to ’25 again. I’m not opposed to it.”

As for the prospect of moving up to 135, Cejudo is only interested in doing so if there is an immediate championship opportunity there for him.

“If I go up it would have to be a title shot immediately,” Cejudo said. “I’ve got a belt at 125 and I can’t be fighting some No. 2 or 3 guy, with all due respect. I think there’s a lot of fights for me. I’m a chameleon. I fill into 135 very well too. I think I’ll be bigger than all of them. The size that I use and how I feel. At 125 there’s nobody in the world that can match my strength.”

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