In an epic quick knockout victory over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195 Stipe Miocic called out to UFC Chairman Dana White stating, “I want my shot! Give me the shot! I’m fired up, I’m ready to go. I’m pumped.”
If those words did not do it, then the victory should have; since Arlovski was considered to be the favorite by fans to win this fight with a horrendous knockout. However all the odds and comments made against Miocic only fired him up more as Miocic wanted to prove to not only the UFC, but the fans all around the world that he deserves the next title shot against the winner of Werdum vs. Velasquez II at UFC 196 and that he is warrior ready to go to war in a battle that will expose his true athleticism in the sport of mixed-martial arts.
For all that Miocic has accomplished in the UFC heavyweight division he truly is a top contender and a force to be reckoned with, but yet he always gets over looked by the company and fans in general because he is not “Mr. Popular” or “I talk a lot of trash so I should automatically receive a title shot without working for it”- type of fighter.
Whatever the reasoning is, Miocic has risen to the top of the leader board with a professional record of 14-2 and with that record came great performances and huge wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Fabio Maldonado and Mark Hunt. These were all fights that Miocic dominated with almost mere ease and even when the fights were held in his opponents own home country he never let the crowd get in the way of his performance by always giving 110 percent every time he stepped inside the octagon.
Another point is Miocic’s impressive wrestling and boxing skills that he brings to every fight making him very effective on his feet and on the ground and a great challenge for both the current champion Fabricio Werdum and former champion Cain Velasquez that everyone would love to see.
Whether or not UFC President Dana White was planning to give Miocic a title shot if he won his bout against Arlovski or not, Miocic has certainly earned it and if he doesn’t get what he fought so hard for then what is becoming of the UFC?