Former UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has named a few options for his comeback fight and he has named two of the toughest challenges he can get. Stipe Miocic is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. He has defended his heavyweight title more than anyone in the division. Stipe has held the title twice in his career. Miocic holds the record for the most wins in heavyweight title fights and also the longest title defense streak in the UFC heavyweight division. Stipe Miocic last fought at UFC 260 and doesn’t have a fight scheduled yet.
In his last fight, Stipe Miocic fought then top contender Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. The fight seemed pretty competitive in the early rounds but the momentum started to shift as Ngannou landed some heavy shots. In the second round of the fight, Francis caught Stipe with amazing shots and then finished up Miocic in the following exchange as he landed a vicious hook which put Miocic out cold.
Stipe Miocic is upset that he wasn’t offered the Interim Title Fight
In his recent appearance at MMA HOUR, Stipe Miocic expressed his frustration regarding the interim heavyweight title issue. As he was the former champion, many thought that he would be the top contender in the division but instead, Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane fought for the interim title. Now, Ciryl Gane after defeating lewis is all set to fight Francis Ngannou for the heavyweight title fight at UFC 271.
“I would have loved to have been asked,” Miocic said about the interim title fight snub when appearing on The MMA Hour. “I feel like I understand what the UFC’s doing, it’s a business, but at the same time I think that I deserved a trilogy fight.”
“I wasn’t even asked for the interim fight. Who knows if I would have taken it but just it would have been nice to be asked. Just toes in the water. I don’t know [if I would have taken it]. We don’t know. It’s over with.”
“Listen, I’m used to it,” Miocic said. “It is what it is. It’s business. I get it but at the same time, I feel like I was deserving of a trilogy fight. Everyone else has gotten one but me.”
Stipe Miocic also explained what went wrong in his rematch with Francis Ngannou where he lost his title.
“I let him dictate the pace. I let him do what he wanted,” Miocic said. “I just didn’t do what I want, just kind of stayed back. Got hit a few times, took a terrible shot. There were a lot of things I did wrong. But listen, we all make mistakes. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
“He hit me with some good shots but that left hook is the one I didn’t see. I hit him with that right and I came in guns blazing with my hands down and he hit me with the one I didn’t see. That was end of it.”
Stipe Miocic wants to fight Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou Trilogy fight
“I’m down,” Miocic said about fighting Jones. “I don’t think he wanted it. I don’t know the whole story but I’m down. Then he wants a title shot. I know he’s done well, he’s probably one of the greatest of all time but you’ve still got to wait your order. That’s like me going to light heavyweight and being like I want a shot.”
Stipe Miocic is really rooting for the trilogy fight with Francis Ngannou.
“I’ll fight anyone like I always say [but] I really want that trilogy fight,” Miocic said. “That [title] was mine. I want it back.
“Definitely get a trilogy [in 2022]. Get my shot back at the title. Get my belt back. Back to normal. Everything’s back to normal.”
- Stipe Miocic is upset because he did not get the interim title fight
- Stipe Miocic wants to fight Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou Trilogy fight
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