Stipe Miocic felt the necessity to clear the air about his subsequent title protection, and he’s completed simply that.

The UFC heavyweight champion took to social media Wednesday to declare that he has each intention of defending his belt in a trilogy bout with Daniel Cormier subsequent, however insisted he received’t bypass essential steps to make it occur.

Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) lately got here out and passionately advised Miocic (19-Three MMA, 13-Three UFC) to signal on for his or her anticipated third showdown, which the challenger hopes will occur in August. Miocic, who serves as firefighter in his residence state of Ohio, responded revealing that, alongside along with his obligations on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, his gymnasium was closed and therefor he’s unable to coach.

UFC president Dana White didn’t reply kindly to Miocic, hinting {that a} prolonged delay may “probably” result in him being stripped of his gold. Miocic scoffed at that notion, and went on-line to spell issues out intimately: He’s a primary responder within the state of Ohio, which stays underneath stay-at-home orders, and he’ll be glad to start out coaching for the combat as quickly as he’s ready (by way of Twitter):

Miocic has not fought since reclaiming the UFC heavyweight belt from Cormier at UFC 241 in August. He suffered an eye fixed damage throughout the combat that took a number of months to heal. Cormier received the primary combat at UFC 226 in July 2018 by way of knockout, and all events seem able to settle the rating as soon as the time is correct.