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UFC 211: Stipe Miocic Plans to Keep “Shutting People Up”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 211

If you’re one of the folks who doesn’t believe Stipe Miocic is going to remain the UFC’s heavyweight champ for very long, well, the Ohio fighter has a message for you…

Recently Miocic was booked for his second title defense, as the heavy handed fighter will take on Junior dos Santos at UFC 211, May 13th. The bout will take place almost exactly one year after Miocic shocked many throughout the MMA world, by knocking out Fabricio Werdum and securing the heavyweight crown.

In Miocic’s first title defense, this past September, the champion took out Alistair Overeem in the opening round as well. That result wasn’t as surprising to most, but there were certainly people who believed Overeem was going to take the heavyweight belt.

Well, in advance of Miocic’s rematch with JDS (the latter earned a tightly contested, decision win over Miocic in 2014), the champ spoke with FOX Sports. While discussing his doubters, and the fact that Dana White’s said he believes Francis N’gannou could hold the heavyweight belt for a long time, Miocic said this:

“Listen, I understand it’s promotion but no one ever gave me a chance. No one ever thought I’d be the champ and look where I’m at now. I’ll keep shutting people up and that’s what I love doing,” Miocic said.

“I love it. I strive off it. I get high off of it. I want you to tell me how bad I suck and how I’m going to get knocked out and how I’ve been lucky my whole career. That’s fine. All day. I’ll take it and I’ll keep shutting you up and pissing you off and then onto the next.”

 There you have it. It’s going to be really interested to see how Miocic’s second bout with JDS unfolds. UFC 211 will take place in Dallas, Texas.

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