Stipe Miocic scored one of the biggest wins of his career in his last bout, a TKO victory over Mark Hunt at the UFC Fight Night event in Adelaide, Australia.
But despite that momentum (and a 13-2 overall record besides), the Ohio native isn’t among the names that fans and media are bandying about to next challenge the newly crowned champion, Fabricio Werdum, for the heavyweight title.
In an interview with Karyn Bryant for MMA H.E.A.T., Miocic said simply: “It is what it is.”
“I’m always getting left out of everything,” he said with a laugh. “It’s terrible! Am I not a nice guy? Nice guys finish last? Give me my title shot!”
According to Miocic, who is ranked third in the UFC’s official rankings, he’s earned a title shot already.
“I think so,” he said. “I’ve fought the top guys in the world and I’ve beat the top guys in the world. My last five fights I’ve fought guys in the top ten.”
So, who’s next if not the champ? Miocic mentioned that he would love to get a rematch with Junior Dos Santos. The two fought a memorable five-round battle, which saw Dos Santos awarded a close decision win, back in December 2014.
“I’d love to fight Junior again, no question,” he said. “That’d be great, it would be another five round war. Hopefully I can get the finish this time.”
Miocic also mentioned, with another easy laugh, that he has adjusted his social media outreach in recent months.
“I’m a fire fighter so I’m used to busting balls,” he smiled. “I used to have Facebook but I turned it off because I would get ‘novels’ on how bad of a person I was, and how they wish I was dead. I’m like, I fight in the UFC, what did I do wrong? But I love it. The fans are what make the sport, and that’s why it’s getting so big. It’s the fastest growing sport in the world. If it wasn’t for fans, we wouldn’t be here.”
Here’s the full interview: