Stipe Miocic and Curtis Blaydes both believe they deserve title shots in the UFC heavyweight division, but thanks to Brock Lesnar, neither are next in line.
So, according to Blaydes, the next best thing would be to pair up him and former champ Miocic and see who’s best fit to challenge the winner of champion Daniel Cormier vs. Lesnar, which is expected to take place early next year.
Coming off a TKO win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 225 in June, Blaydes was initially outraged at the fact that Lesnar leapfrogged him for a title shot against Cormier, who became a two-division champion when he knocked out Miocic last month. Lesnar confronted Cormier in the cage directly after the 39-year-old’s win at UFC 226.
Blaydes told BloodyElbow.com that sitting out until Cormier vs. Lesnar was in the past was a realistic option, but ultimately, it seems he plans to get back into the Octagon once more before challenging for UFC gold.
On social media Tuesday morning, “Razor” called out Miocic for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 139 card in Denver.
@stipemiocic I appreciate all you taught me five years ago, it was an honour to be part of your camp. With the current situation I’m sure we don’t want to wait until spring, are you free 11/10 for the 25th anniversary card? pic.twitter.com/cEmRgCBL2w
— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) August 7, 2018
“I appreciate all you taught me five years ago, it was an honour to be part of your camp,” Blaydes wrote to Miocic. “With the current situation I’m sure we don’t want to wait until spring, are you free 11/10 for the 25th anniversary card?”
Before Miocic fell to Cormier, Blaydes actually expected to meet the Ohio native for the title at the end of the year. That is what would happen in an ideal world — and if his prediction of Miocic beating Cormier was correct — Blaydes said in June. Blaydes is still gunning for the Miocic bout, just under different circumstances.
Miocic has yet to respond to Blaydes, who helped the then-future champ get ready for a fight in 2013. Miocic said in July after losing to Cormier that he doesn’t plan on accepting a non-title fight. As the record-holder for most heavyweight title defenses in the promotion’s history, he believes he deserves an immediate rematch against “DC.”
UFC Fight Night 139 takes place Nov. 10 at Pepsi Center. Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung is set to headline the event.