Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is assured he can get a deal performed – and get his title again shortly thereafter.
A struggle isn’t on the books but, however Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) expects to determine his preventing future within the coming weeks – after his spouse provides beginning to their second baby, which the couple is anticipating very quickly.
As for his preventing future, Miocic revealed Wednesday to MMA Junkie he already has a gathering on the books with UFC president Dana White.
“We’re going to have a sit down here in September with Dana,” Miocic stated. “We’ll figure it out from there. … We’ll hopefully figure that out in the next month. We’ll get there. Dana has been texting me and everything is in negotiations.”
Miocic, 39, has not competed since he misplaced the UFC heavyweight championship to Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 in March. He was knocked out with a left hook in Round 2. With the win, Ngannou avenged a January 2018 unanimous choice loss to Miocic at UFC 220.
“I haven’t watched it yet,” Miocic stated. “I will eventually. I haven’t yet. A lot of things could be better. Unfortunately, it was his night. He caught me with a good punch. What are you going to do? It’s the fight game.”
In Miocic’s absence, the UFC heavyweight division has skilled a logjam on the high. After Ngannou laid out a return timeline that was to not the UFC’s liking, the promotion carried out an interim title in August, which was captured by Ciryl Gane when he completed Derrick Lewis with strikes within the UFC 265 essential occasion.
Miocic revealed he didn’t watch the struggle however as an alternative “fell asleep.” He would’ve appreciated to take part for an interim title, although maybe wouldn’t have accepted that particular alternative
“An interim belt could’ve been next if I wanted it,” Miocic stated. “I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I would’ve loved to do that. I wanted the opportunity. But yeah, I definitely want a shot at my title to get my belt back.”
So is it “title shot or bust” for the previous champion? Miocic wouldn’t go that far however didn’t mince phrases when he stated that’s his final objective – to as soon as once more bear UFC gold.
“That’s what I would love,” Miocic stated. “I don’t know if I would (say title fight or bust). I’m definitely aiming for that. I’m not crying about it or anything, but I just feel like I deserve it.”
Even with no finalized struggle scheduled, Miocic expects the following few months to be busy. Outside of the anticipated beginning of his second baby, Miocic’s busy schedule continues this weekend together with his participation within the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley pay-per-view lead-up because the muscle to sq. off the fighters throughout their faceoff.
One struggle, outdoors of 1 for a championship, that Miocic would entertain is a matchup towards former UFC mild heavyweight champion and all-time nice Jon Jones, who’s slowly constructing as much as a focused 2022 divisional debut.
“I’ll fight anyone,” Miocic stated. “I’ve said that from Day One. I’ll fight anyone. … I’ll fight anyone they put in front of me, but that’s what you aim for, one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time. He’d be a great athlete to have on my resume.”
Miocic additionally introduced his involvement with a UFC and Modelo partnership initiative with non-profit Rebuilding Together. Miocic will play a key function in serving to revitalize a fitness center in his hometown of Euclid, Ohio.
With essentially the most title defenses within the promotion’s heavyweight historical past, Miocic is regarded by many because the division’s all-time greatest. Despite his overarching dominance, Miocic has intermittently misplaced all through his UFC profession although he at all times marches ahead thereafter. In July 2017, Miocic was completed by Daniel Cormier at UFC 226. He then went on to defeat Cormier in back-to-back fights that adopted.