Stipic Miocic will put his heavyweight title on the line for the first time at UFC 203 on September 10, and is confident that he will "beat the c*** out" of Alistair Overeem.
Miocic, who will be fighting in his hometown of Cleveland, became champion when he knocked out Fabricio Werdum in the first round of their bout at UFC 198 in May.
Even though he will be facing Overeem, who is currently on a four-fight winning streak, Miocic has vowed to retain his belt and extend his reign as UFC heavyweight champion.
"I've worked too hard to get here for this guy to take it away from me. When it comes next Saturday, the 10th, I'm going to beat the c*** out of him and win this fight," Miocic said. "He's a hungry wolf. I'm a starving wolf. I want it way more than he does…. Even though I got the belt, I still want it more."
The 34-year-old acknowledged that Overeem will be tough to beat, but insisted that he has what it takes to walk out of the Octagon with the belt still around his waist.
“I plan to keep it for a long time too,” he said. “I’m not going to give it up. He’s a tough guy, he’s fought the best guys in the world. He’s an amazing kick boxer, he’s good on the ground, it’s going to be a tough fight, but he hasn’t seen anything like me.”