Has Stipe Miocic already taken his eye off the prize?
According to Alistair Overeem, it seems the new heavyweight champion of the world is too busy celebrating his big win over Fabricio Werdum back in May (see it again here) to be as hungry as he was, especially when it comes time to defend his strap against the towering Dutchman at UFC 203 on Sept. 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Meanwhile, "The Reem" tells MMA Hour he’s been busy working on getting better in order to dethrone Miocic. And unlike the champ, he didn’t celebrate his last victory against Andrei Arlovski too much, as he went straight back to work.
"He’s riding a real high, he’s the hero of Cleveland, he’s celebrating it, he got married and doing the Vegas thing. He’s partying. So I got one message: The wolf that is hungry is going to run a little bit faster than the wolf that is chilling on top of the mountain who has his belly full. And that’s a little bit of what I am seeing here. Yeah, he’s enjoying the life, enjoying the high, but I have been working. After Arlovski I went straight back to the gym and I’m just working, working. I am working for that day, which is coming up on September 10. It gives me confidence and it builds me up. I’'m putting in the extra work and you need to do that as champion and I am doing it."
Still, you can’t fault Stipe for taking it all in after the biggest win of his combat sports career and marrying the love of his life. However, the 265-pound kingpin didn’t have enough time to breathe it all in before he was already booked to defend his hardware against one of the hardest hitting men in the division.
Of course, while Miocic may be living it up in the public eye, there’s no telling what kind of hours he’s putting in when the lights go out.
Either way, Overeem says he’ll be more than ready come fight night.