‘I’m Not an Agent I’m a Fighter’- Stipe Miocic Plays Down Potential Fight With Jon Jones

Published 03/23/2021, 1:18 PM EDT


Stipe Miocic is set to defend his title against Francis Ngannou this weekend at UFC 260. A potential super-fight against former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is on the horizon for the winner of this weekend’s fight. ‘Bones’ will make his heavyweight debut later this year.

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However, Miocic is not concerned about it at all. The consensus greatest heavyweight of all time clarified that it’s UFC’s job to decide who he fights next and he won’t go out looking for possible opponents.

I don’t know. I don’t do contract negotiations. I’m not an agent. I’m a fighter,” said Miocic when asked if he going to fight Jones next by Ariel Helwani in a recent interview.

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I have clear goals and aspirations. But listen, I’m not gonna choose who I fight. I’m gonna fight for the UFC wants me to fight and I’m gonna fight,” Miocic further added.

Fight fans will no doubt love to see a clash between Miocic and Jones as it’s very rare they get to see two greatest of the same era actually fighting each other in their prime. A bout between Miocic and ‘Bones‘ could probably decide the greatest MMA fighter of all time. So, that’s an opportunity too big to pass by.

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)

But Miocic isn’t worried about that at all. For now, his sole concentration is on the job is hand and that is to protect his belt from ‘The Predator‘ for the second time.

Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2: will the fight be any different this time?

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Ngannou’s best bet to beat Miocic is to land one of his bombs on the champion early in the fight. However, he realized for the first time that the champion’s fluid movement can be too slick for him to do that.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Stipe Miocic punches 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 Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But Miocic knows the recipe to beat Ngannou very well. It’s all about recapitulating his UFC 220 performance again for the champion, or maybe even putting on a better show. But it’s easier said than done, as Ngannou is the scariest opponent one can have to stand across them inside the Octagon.

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Who gets it done at UFC 260? Will Miocic reign supreme and defend his belt for the fifth time? What do you think?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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