Stipe Miocic claims that he drew from Anderson Silva’s moment of success in his UFC 200 showdown against Daniel Cormier in making mid-fight adjustments at UFC 241.
The UFC 200 co-main event was a hastily thrown-together bout made only because of the eleventh-hour failed drug test turned in by Cormier’s great rival Jon Jones.
Silva took the fight with Cormier on notice that could be measured in a matter of hours and as you would expect, he was completely dominated on the ground for the vast majority of the bout’s duration.
However, in one moment of real danger, he managed to hurt DC with a kick to the body, a shot that could well have turned the entire MMA world on its axis had the former Olympian not recovered sufficiently to survive that moment of adversity.
Cormier was having quite a lot of success against the former heavyweight king at UFC 241 before Stipe started to utilize hard punches to the body as the fight went on.
Speaking in a recent interview with Combate, Miocic admitted that he was not fighting his fight for the opening couple of rounds but cited him and his team’s quick thinking as the key ingredient towards him eventually turning the fight around.
“It was terrible (the beginning of the fight), my God. It seemed that I could not fight. I thought, ‘should I be here? Then I started to open more, found the distance and began to see openings. Okay, we’re fine, I get it now”
“In the third round. I started to see it between the third and fourth rounds. My coaches were talking to me and I said ‘let’s attack his body’. He leaves it really open and nobody takes advantage of it. I remember Anderson Silva hit him with a body kick and that hurt him a little bit, so I thought of attacking him there, and it worked.”