Fans Concerned for Stipe Miocic’s Potential Against Jon Jones After the Former Champion Seemingly Struggles to Walk During UFC 295 Appearance

Published 11/12/2023, 8:28 AM EST

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UFC 295 was supposed to be the ultimate battle of heavyweights – Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones. However, Jones withdrew from his title defense against Miocic due to injuries. This led to a replacement bout between Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich which Aspinall won by KO/TKO.

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Although his fight was canceled, Miocic showed up at UFC 295 with his wife. The 41-year-old appeared to be limping, causing concern among fans about his condition. Speculation arose regarding the reason behind Miocic’s apparent discomfort, leaving fans worried about his well-being. But, is there a reason to worry?

What happened to Stipe Miocic? What is next for the UFC heavyweight division?


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Stipe Miocic has been arguably the best heavyweight fighter on the UFC roster to date, but now, the division is observing an influx of younger fighters. Further, it looks like his age might be catching up to him. Miocic attended UFC 295 with his wife, Ryan Marie Carney. The video of Miocic walking to the venue with his wife did rounds on social media. What concerned fans was the way that the heavyweight walked.

Some people are speculating that Miocic never truly recovered from the fight against Ngannou. At UFC 260, Ngannou knocked out Miocic, who fell on his left leg in an awkward position. That fight took place in 2021 and that was the last time Miocic entered the Octagon. Could it be that Miocic sustained serious injuries from that fight that he never really recovered from?


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There is another possibility – Miocic suffered an injury while training for his fight against Jon Jones. However, the biggest question that people are asking is this – what is next for the UFC heavyweight division? Will Jones recover and fight Miocic? Well, the fans have some strong opinions on that front after watching a limping Miocic.

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While Miocic vs. Jones has Dana White’s backing for the fact that it will be a battle of the GOATs, fans are not finding it all too appealing. Their primary concerns are about Miocic’s age and form. On top of it, there are more exciting fighters like Aspinall and Pavlovich, who, on paper at least, pose a bigger threat to Jones.

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Two of the fans seemed doubtful that Miocic was in any shape or form to be fighting Jones.

Another fan thought that something was seriously wrong with Miocic.

Others had their own theories about what was going on with Stipe Miocic.

Doubtful about how the UFC allowed Miocic to take on Jones in a title fight after years of inactivity, one fan let his concerns known.

Another fan highlighted the fact that Miocic looked rusty.


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One fan decided to poke fun at Miocic and his ‘walk’.


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Whatever it is that Miocic is going through, the UFC fans definitely want the heavyweight to recover so that he jump back into action soon. But who is he fighting next? Jon Jones? Sergei Pavlovich? Or Tom Aspinall? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Written by:

Arghyadeep Ghosh


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Hi, I am Arghyadeep, a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. Being brought up alongside two brothers who were avid WWE fans, I had no option but to watch alongside them and sometimes even partake in their ‘re-enactments’. However, I found myself gravitating towards combat sports soon after.
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Yeswanth Praveen




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