OMAHA, NE - FEBRUARY 15: Stipe Miocic reacts after knocking out Phil De Fries during the UFC on FUEL TV event at Omaha Civic Auditorium on February 15, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.)
Hard-hitting UFC heavyweight up-and-comer Stipe Miocic, who punched his ticket to bigger and better things in the UFC by punching Philip De Fries back on Feb. 15, only needed 43 seconds to figure out what he needs to fix going into his next fight.
Unlike poker, the 265-pound division isn't the best place to try and slow-play your hand.
"The beginning of that fight, I know it was only 43 seconds, but I learned a lot. I can't start off slow, especially in the UFC and especially in the heavyweight division. You got those big boys you know, those guys are 25 pounds heavier than me. One of those punches could end a fight. I don't wanna take that chance. I'd rather start where I wanna start and come out strong and not as slow as I did in the last fight. Right now I'm still young, I'm still green, I just want to get the experience and keep getting better."
Hear more from the undefeated phenom, courtesy of SBTV/Cleveland.com, after the jump.