‘History, Daniel, history. Epic. Something that no one has ever done... No one has legitimately tried as the light heavyweight champ to go fight the heavyweight champ.’ These are the words that Dana White said to DC to convince him to take the superfight. Dana White is giving Cormier a chance to get his name more than in the record books; this is the chance to be on the cover. However, Cormier knows the value of a fight like this and went to Miocic to make sure the price was right.
DC called Miocic directly to discuss payouts before sitting down for negotiations: ‘I called Stipe... I told Stipe “for 0,000, I’m not fighting Stipe Miocic.” I threw out a bigger number and said for that number, I’m fighting Stipe Miocic.’ After hearing that, Miocic responded in agreement with four short words: ‘I f***ing love you’.
UFC 226 could not come soon enough!