Karl Williams Explains ‘Barbecue’ Callout to Stipe Miocic Post UFC on ESPN 53 Win

Karl Williams did something pretty out of the ordinary after his win over Justin Tafa at UFC on ESPN 53. He challenged Stipe Miocic to a cookout. Yeah, you read that right. A cookout.

Williams had dominated Tafa on the ground, securing a unanimous decision win. But instead of the usual call-out for his next fight, he had something else in mind. During his Octagon interview, Williams threw down a unique challenge to former heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. A barbecue cookout challenge, to be exact.

“I wanna call out if I can, Stipe Miocic,” Williams said. He mentioned how Stipe, being a firefighter, had talked about barbecuing. “This summer let’s do a charity cookout if he’s not busy,” he proposed. The idea? A friendly competition to benefit firefighters.

Williams, a barbecue enthusiast himself, shared the backstory. It turns out, the idea sparked when Miocic was chatting about barbecuing with his firefighter team. Williams, inspired by a firefighter neighbor who got injured on the job, saw a perfect opportunity for a charity event. And he didn’t stop at Miocic. Williams extended his barbecue challenge to all UFC fighters, even calling out Alexander Volkanovski for his cooking style.

At his post-fight press conference, Williams elaborated. “I talked to Stipe a while ago,” he recalled. He shared a story about his former neighbor, a firefighter injured while cleaning a fire truck. “So I was like, you know what, it’ll be a good charity for his cause.”

Williams made it clear he’s not about calling people out for fights. But for a barbecue cook-off? That’s a different story. “Anybody wanna challenge me in the barbecue, we’ll do a challenge out here, International Fight Week or something,” he said. Williams is all about fighting, having fun, and cooking.

Interestingly, Williams has evolved in his barbecue preferences. “I was a sauce guy when I was young and immature,” he admitted. But now? “I’m more of a rub guy.” He also joked about needing to manage his drinking-to-barbecuing ratio, especially when tackling brisket, to avoid going through a 24-pack of beer.

So, Williams has laid down the gauntlet. Not in the Octagon, but at the grill. It’s not just about the fight; it’s about the fun, the food, and making a difference. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see this cookout challenge come to life.

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