‘I Feel Like I Deserve It’- Stipe Miocic Wants a Crack at the UFC Heavyweight Title Once Again

Published 08/26/2021, 2:19 PM EDT
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)


Stipe Miocic aims for the heavyweight gold as he returns to the ultimate fighting championship. The 39-year-old will soon close a deal with the UFC President Dana White.

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Miocic is one of the most prominent names in the promotion. However, the former UFC heavyweight champion has not entered the octagon since his defeat against Francis Ngannou.

Recently in an interview with MMA Junkie, Miocic revealed his future moves. The latter also hinted a title fight next and a deal with the UFC Kingpin.

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Miocic said, “We’re going to have a sit down here in September with Dana. We’ll figure it out from there. We’ll hopefully figure that out in the next month. Dana has been texting me and everything is in negotiations.”

 

 

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He added, “I’m not crying about it or anything, but I just feel like I deserve it. An interim belt could’ve been next if I wanted it. 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.”

The Nigerian native Francis Ngannou dominates the heavyweight division since he knocked out Miocic in a title bout at UFC 260. The score is (1-1) for both the fighters now. However, Miocic desires for a clear result and wants his title back with a trilogy fight against Ngannou.

Meanwhile, Miocic also revealed a name for his next fight if he is not scheduled for a title bout.

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Stipe Miocic Desires to Fight One of the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter

The former heavyweight champion of the Stipe Miocic is one of the greatest fighter to enter the octagon. The (20-4) record holder has an impressive professional career. Miocic is a knockout artist with 14 of his wins coming from knockout.

However, the 39-year-old is out of action since he lost his heavyweight gold against ‘The Predator’ at UFC 260. Now the former champion has hinted a return to the promotion. He also wants the gold back this time.

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BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Stipe Miocic celebrates after his unanimous-decision victory over Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, if things turn the other way around, Miocic has one more name that he would like to fight next. In the same interview, Miocic said, “I’ll fight anyone, 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 is considered as one of the greatest heavyweight of all time by many. Despite his victories in the heavyweight division, Miocic has seen few defeats too. However, it will excite to see what he brings to the table as he returns to the promotion.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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