LAS VEGAS – Stipe Miocic showed nothing but the class after losing his heavy title to Daniel Cormier on Saturday's UFC 226 headliner.
The historic title management of Miocics (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) ended when he suffered a first round loss to Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) on UFC 226, which sent on pay-per- view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Although it was not clear the outcome he expected, Miocic recovered from the loss of immediate aftermath of the match and focused on the major things in life, including his impending birth.
"I lost, easy and simple," Miocic told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during the UFC 226 press conference after the event. "There are no excuses. He was the better man tonight …. It sucks. Lost is not fun at all, it sucks. But to see this in perspective, I look at it and I'm going home right now. My beautiful wife have my child. There are better things in life than to lose.
"It sucks. I want to come back and get a rematch of course, but listen, right now it's DC's day. Good for him. "
After finding some early success in the highly-promoted super fight, Cormier collapsed with a huge shot from clinch and released Miocic. A few follow-up shots ended, and despite the feeling he won until that time, Miocic understands that one Such a result is part of the sport's cruel nature.
"I think I won that fight," he said. "I wore him and held him against the cage. I beat him with some good shots. It went back and forth, I supported him a lot more and he grabbed me with a right hand. It was a good shot. What should you do? It is part of the game. Heavyweight. I say all the time. "
When asked what the future could hold, Miocic said it is far from his mind. The 35-year-old plans to take some time and celebrate the arrival of a new family member, but he will then focus on his battle.
"I'm going home," Miocic said. "That's all I care about right now. Listen, I know what you want to hear what's next? Of course I want a rematch. There is no question, but right now I have bigger fish to fry.
"I have my daughter on my way. It's a fight I have to win."
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