Stipe Miocic says he plans on having a conversation with the referee of his UFC 252 main event scrap against Daniel Cormier.
On August 15, Miocic and Cormier are having their trilogy bout which has spanned three years with Cormier taking the first one by KO at UFC 226. They then rematched at UFC 241 where it was Miocic winning by fourth-round TKO to reclaim his heavyweight title.
In the lead up to the fight, Cormier has been vocal about using his wrestling this time out. But, for Miocic, he says there is something else is he is more worried about and that is the eye pokes. In the rematch, he was poked in the eye several times which caused him to be out of action for several months to let it heal.
So, in the back, Stipe Miocic will talk to the ref to watch out for the eye pokes of Daniel Cormier.
“I think it is a concern in any fight. You don’t want your eye poked, it is not fun and it hurts, it messes with your vision. If it wasn’t intentional, it wasn’t intentional, he said it wasn’t so I guess I believe him,” Miocic said to ESPN. “We will see what happens in the next fight in about two-and-a-half weeks and not get poked in the eye… Like I said, I hope he keeps his fingers to himself and we have a good fight. Yes [I will talk to the ref], watch the eye pokes.”
Entering the trilogy bout, Cormier has already said it will be his final UFC fight. There is speculation that Miocic may retire as well. So, this is no doubt a crucial fight for both men to retire on top and stake their claim as the best UFC heavyweight of all-time and maybe the greatest heavyweight ever as well.