At UFC 198 on Saturday, Stipe Miocic has the opportunity to achieve his dream of winning the UFC heavyweight title, the only thing standing in his way is the small matter of current title holder Fabricio Werdum.
Miocic was initially not in the running for a heavyweight title shot, but he was handed the chance after Cain Velasquez pulled out of his rematch with Werdum at UFC Fight Night 82 on February 6 due to a back injury.
With the 33-year-old presented with the opportunity to turn his dream into a reality, he is determined to make it count and is confident that he will emerge victorious.
“It’s what I’ve dreamed of, but my dream won’t be accomplished until I win that belt and bring it back to Cleveland,” Miocic told reporters. “That’s what I’m going to do.
“It’s what I signed up for. When I started out as an MMA fighter, going through amateur and then, going to the pros, I always wanted to be UFC Champion, and when I signed with UFC, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to make it and become champ.”
Werdum is on a six-fight winning streak, but Miocic feels that the Brazilian has a number of weaknesses which he will look to exploit when they step into the Octagon on Saturday.
“Everyone has holes. I’m not going to say anything now, maybe he’s watching. We watched a lot of tape and saw a lot of holes,” he said. “I’m going to do what I want to do. If he wants to go to the ground, that’s fine. I’m a wrestler. I’m going to be smart. Wherever it goes it goes, but I’m going to dictate where I want it to go.”