As a lot as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic needs to combat Daniel Cormier, he’s going to attend to simply accept a bout provide.

On Monday, Cormier urged Miocic to “signal the contract.” On Tuesday, Miocic (19-Three MMA, 13-Three UFC) responded to clarify why he hasn’t agreed to combat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I didn’t know (Cormier) was calling his photographs,” Miocic advised ESPN. “Wow, I imply. … I can’t actually do something as a result of, once more, my state is shut down for an additional month. Who is aware of how lengthy after that? … Each gymnasium shut down. I actually can’t practice. How am I going to take one other combat? I don’t perceive what he’s (speaking about).

“Hear, I’ll combat him. I by no means stated I’m ducking him or leaving or working or making an attempt to combat another person, like he did. I simply can’t practice, dude. I’ll combat you. Let me ensure that I get a full camp, dude. I’m down.”

Along with being within the midst of a statewide lockdown, Miocic not too long ago advised MMA Junkie his sense of obligation as a firefighter has put cagefighting on the again burner. Miocic estimates a fall 2020 return, citing his want for a 10 to 12-week coaching camp to arrange.

Chiming in on a latest episode of the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, Dana White weighed in on Miocic’s feedback. The UFC president doesn’t agree with Miocic’s declare that preventing is “all the time going to be there.”

“Subsequent in line proper now, we’ve obtained Cormier ready for Stipe to return again,” White stated when speaking in regards to the implications of Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik on Could 9. “We’ll see.

“I noticed a quote from Stipe not too long ago the place Stipe stated, ‘There’s greater issues occurring on the earth proper now. Combating might be there without end.’ That’s not true. Combating won’t be there without end. I imply, while you’re knowledgeable athlete, your window of alternative may be very, very small. Hopefully we are able to get Stipe again in there quickly with Cormier and get the heavyweight division rolling.”

Previous to the pandemic, Miocic was on the house stretch of his highway to restoration from a watch damage. Neither Miocic nor Cormier has competed contained in the cage since their headlining bout at UFC 241 this previous August. Miocic defeated Cormier by knockout in Spherical 4.