Moments after his Octagon-shaking knockout of the dangerous Alistair Overeem, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic was interviewed by UFC color commentator Joe Rogan. In this interview, which you can watch above, the fired-up Miocic roared out to the thousands of Cleveland fans in attendance, and weighed in on his first successful title defense.
“He kicked harder than I thought…I think he put me on my ass, didn’t he?” Miocic said, referencing Overeem’s early knockdown, which was actually the result of a punch. “I wasn’t hurt, but he put me on my ass. I felt fine. He got that guillotine or whatever. I train every day. Yeah I’m a boxer and a wrestler, but I train that shit every day. Hey, I don’t give a f**k, I’m still heavyweight champ like I said [I would be].
Miocic also commented on Overeem’s uncharacteristic back-peddling.
“I don’t think he wanted to get hit with this,” Miocic said, raising his fist. “And I understand why. He’s a tough guy, he’s a veteran, he’s fought the best in the world, but listen, I told you I’m going to keep this belt for a long time.”
Once Miocic had had his say, Overeem took a turn on the mic, and generated some controversy when he claimed he felt Miocic tap to the aforementioned guillotine attempt.
“Stipe was the better man today,” Overeem said. “He’s a great athlete, he’s tough, he always comes to fight, but there’s one thing I can say about the fight. I believe when I punched him, and he went down, I followed him, I got him in a guillotine choke, and I clearly felt a tap. The ref didn’t see it, the ref didn’t jump in, so the fight continued, but in my opinion, he tapped, and it’s a bummer.”
As the video above shows, this assertion prompted Joe Rogan to ask Overeem to identify the tap in the overhead replay, which resulted in a truly uncomfortable moment.
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