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Stipe Miocic: Mom would ‘destroy’ me, wife would ‘kill’ me if I did what Conor McGregor did

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Stipe Miocic
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Stipe Miocic has always been one to behave and there are two important people who he knows will keep him in line.

The UFC heavyweight champion visited the ESPN studios on Tuesday ahead of his upcoming title defense against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and he covered a number of topics including Conor McGregor’s recent rampage in Brooklyn.

Miocic was asked for his thoughts on his fellow UFC titleholder’s shocking attack on a bus at the Barclays Center on April 5 that resulted in injuries to fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, and “The Notorious” facing charges of assault and criminal mischief. Though Miocic was in New York at the time, he and several other UFC champions were not in attendance at the media day in question that McGregor disrupted.

Though he understands that McGregor was apparently targeting rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in response to Nurmagomedov having a run-in with McGregor’s friend and teammate Artem Lobov earlier that week, Miocic knows it would be bad news for him if he acted in that manner and not just because of the reaction from UFC officials or the authorities.

“Yeah, I would never do that. Like, to that point. I understand that he was trying to back his boy up, but also I understand you can’t be doing that,” Miocic said. “People got hurt. I’m constant, I’m always doing the right thing, that’s the way I was raised.

“And if I did that, honestly, my mom would destroy me. My wife would kill me. Like, who do you think you are? I would never do anything like that, I would just be who I am. I would do it a different way.”

More of an immediate concern for Miocic is his fight with Cormier. The former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is moving back up from 205 pounds to try and become a two-division champion and Miocic knows he has his hands full.

“There’s a lot of concerns with Daniel,” Miocic said. “He’s an amazing fighter, he’s fought heavyweight before. He’s undefeated actually at heavyweight, but he hasn’t fought heavyweight in a while and he hasn’t fought anyone like me yet.”

Watch Miocic’s ESPN interview below: