American-Croatian UFC fighter Stipe Miocic has made it clear he wants his belt back after losing it last month to Francis Ngannou at UFC 260.
Speaking on the The Pat McAfee Show podcast, Miocic says that he is currently enjoying time away from the gym but is keen to get back in the cage again and claim what he says is his.
“I am relaxing now, I have a baby boy coming in August so pretty excited,” Stipe said, continuing, “I wanna get back what’s mine. I hate losing more than anyone, I am the most competitive person you will ever meet. It burns (the loss).”
Miocic, who weighed 234 pounds in his last fight, says in order to beat Ngannou again he feels he needs to add some size. The part-time firefighter lost 12 pounds before his third fight against Daniel Cormier and maintained the same weight for the fight last month.
“I’m trying (to gain weight). It’s bulking season so trying to eat as much as I can to get big and strong. I’m trying to get to 250 pounds. I am really gonna try and stick to getting a bit more weight and mass. 20 pounds will help, I will feel a lot stronger. He is a big due, no question about it,” said Stipe.
Miocic and Ngannou have met twice now and although a trilogy makes sense with the score at 1-1, matchmaker Dana White will ultimately have the say.
There are reports that Ngannou will likely fight Derrick Lewis next before meeting Jon Jones but time will tell.