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Stipe Miocic: On Getting His Title Shot

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Stipe Miocic made an impact this month when he knocked out Andrei Arlovski.

Following the performance, Miocic immediately spotted UFC president Dana White Octagon-side and unleashed a verbal tirade on White, demanding to be the next UFC heavyweight title challenger.

The “attack” stemmed from White telling Miocic that he wasn’t popular enough to warrant a title shot.

“Yeah, 100-percent,” Miocic said during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “I just wanted to get my point across, let him know I wasn’t messing around – just not for show. I was being serious. It was more personal than anything else.”

The 33-year-old Miocic (14-2) has won two in a row and is 5-1 over his last five, scoring finishes vs. Arlovski, Mark Hunt and Fabio Maldonado around a five-round decision defeat to former champion Junior dos Santos.

Ever a popular figure on social media, Miocic believes his outburst at UFC 195 has helped solidify him as a top-level heavyweight.

“Yeah I think the feedback’s been great. I think everyone thinks I deserve it,” he said. “I think it worked out well.”

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Fight Cards

UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou

Event Date: January 20, 2018
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 192: Lima vs. MacDonald

Event Date: January 20, 2018
Broadcast: Paramount Network

Bellator 193: Larkin vs. Gonzalez

Event Date: January 26, 2018
Broadcast: Paramount Network

UFC on FOX 27: Jacare vs. Brunson 2

Event Date: January 27, 2018
Broadcast: Fox, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass