‘He’s Got Bigger, ‘He’s Got Stronger’- Stipe Miocic Says Anything Can Happen in Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou Matchup

Published 07/22/2021, 6:26 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Stipe Miocic is interviewed after his TKO victory over Daniel Cormier in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Fight fans were hoping to see a dream fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou this year. Unfortunately, after a failed negotiation with the UFC, the fight never came to fruition. Yet many fans still hope to see the fight as it remains the number one dream fight on their wish list. In a recent interview with FightHype.com, Stipe Miocic, the former heavyweight champion, was asked to give his personal views on Jones vs Ngannou.

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Stipe Miocic said, “I think the fight between Jones and Francis would be a great fight. You know, like Jones is one of the best of all time, he’s got bigger, he’s got stronger. And you know Francis, he is a monster too. So it’s heavyweights anything can happen.”

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Miocic, who held high regard for both the fighters, believes that the fight between Jones and Ngannou would be a great fight.

Stipe Miocic on an ambiguous path

Stipe Miocic is the former UFC heavyweight champion who lost his throne to Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. He is considered the most accomplished UFC heavyweight because he has the most heavyweight title fights and title wins under his belt.

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The Cleveland native has been a part of eight title bouts, winning six of them. Miocic also holds a record of nine fight-night bonuses to his name. But even all these accomplishments couldn’t get him an instant rematch with ‘The Predator’.

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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic celebrates after defeating Alistair Overeem of The Netherlands in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 203 event at Quicken Loans Arena on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Instead, the UFC sought to let Jon Jones have a crack at the belt. However, after a bizarre ask of $30 million dollars, the UFC passed on Jon Jones and moved on with an interim title fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane.

Now, the winner of the UFC 265 interim title bout is expected to face Ngannou, leaving the former light heavyweight champion high and dry. Stipe Miocic has been vocal about fighting ‘The Predator’, but considering the current situation, it looks like he will have to wait for a while now.

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Who would you like to see face Francis Ngannou fight in his first title defense? Also, who should Stipe resurrect his career against?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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