If the MMA world wanted Stipe Miocic to be more vocal, it got exactly that on Saturday night.
Miocic tore through former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in just 54 seconds at UFC 195, then called for his title shot in a fiery post-fight rant, demanding to know whether he and UFC president Dana White were now "on the same page."
While the outburst was uncharacteristic for the affable giant, it got the job done. Miocic was announced at UFC 195's post-fight press conference as the No. 1 contender for the UFC heavyweight title.
"Who the hell was going to say no to him?" White said. "He was like a psycho. I wasn't going to say no. ‘Are we on the same page now?!'
"Yes. We are on the same page, Stipe."
With Alistair Overeem's knockout of Junior dos Santos fresh in the public's minds, Miocic needed a statement win over Arlovski to cement his place in the division. Luckily for him, he opened the new year with the biggest statement he could have made.
The fight was never in question. Miocic sent the Belarusian tumbling to the canvas with a pair of devastating right hands early in the opening round, then followed up with hard punches until referee Herb Dean waved off the bout.
The 54-second finish made Miocic just the fifth fighter in UFC history to knock out three opponents in under 60 seconds of Octagon time, as Miocic previously defeated Philip De Fries and Fabio Maldonado in 43 seconds and 35 seconds, respectively. It also ended the hot streak of Arlovski, who had won four consecutive fights to vault back into the division's elite.
With victories in five of his last six fights, Miocic now awaits the winner of the upcoming rematch between heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez. That fight takes place Feb. 6 at UFC 196, and when asked whether he had a preference or prediction for the outcome, Miocic made it clear that he didn't mind either way.
"I have the best coaches in the world. They have all the confidence in me, I have confidence in them. Whoever it is, I don't care," he said plainly. "I want my shot."