Curtis Blaydes doesn’t want to hear any excuses from the UFC heavyweight champion.
In a Twitter post written Friday, “Razor” questioned Stipe Miocic’s reasoning behind not booking a title defense. Miocic has been pushed by rival Daniel Cormier and UFC President Dana White to return to action, but he said recently that COVID-19 precautions in Ohio that are currently preventing him and his team from getting back into the gym to properly prepare for a fight.
Blaydes has campaigned for a fight with Miocic in the past and he joined Cormier and White in criticizing Miocic.
Any professional athlete but especially a pro fighter needs to take responsibility for their training, this pandemic hasn’t forced me to miss one workout. Stipe is tripping if he thinks ppl believe he can’t train cause his coach can’t open the gym up— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) May 15, 2020
“Any professional athlete, but especially a pro fighter needs to take responsibility for their training,” Blaydes wrote. “This pandemic hasn’t forced me to miss one workout. Stipe is tripping if he thinks people believe he can’t train ‘cause his coach can’t open the gym up.”
Miocic also serves as a first responder in his work as a firefighter and he has made it clear that he is prioritizing health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic over a return to competition. That sentiment received support from fellow firefighter Chase Sherman, who had a successful return of his own this past Wednesday when he defeated Ike Villanueva.
Blaydes has reason to want to see the top of the division moving again. The 29-year-old is on a three-fight win streak, including back-to-back finishes of Junior dos Santos and Shamil Abdurakhimov, and a title shot could be in his future depending on how the championship picture develops over the rest of the year.