Stipe Miocic Not Concerned About Jon Jones’s Intentions

Published 05/27/2021, 1:41 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)


Stipe Miocic, who lost his heavyweight belt to Francis Ngannou at UFC 260, is now on a mission to regain his throne. But with Ngannou set to fight Derrick Lewis next, Miocic might need another opponent to remain active.

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Many suggested Jon Jones as an opponent. However, ‘Bones’, who wants the biggest draw upon his debut in the new division, turned down the possibilities of him fighting Miocic next.

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Recently, in an interview with Submission Radio, Miocic shared his reaction to Jones’s opinion. “It is what it is. I mean, listen, I’m not a matchmaker, I am not worried about it, what he thinks or says. I am gonna get my rematch and get my belt back, you know. My punch drunk a**,” he said.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Stipe Miocic celebrates after his victory over Daniel Cormier in their UFC heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, Jones has mentioned that he would like to fight Miocic at some point. ‘Bones’ has vowed to defend the heavyweight title against the Cleveland firefighter, given he manages to capture it.

Stipe Miocic vs Jon Jones: A fight for the legacy of both men

Jones has been unbeaten inside the Octagon. His only loss to date has been via a debatable disqualification. So every opponent he fights has the chance to be named as the first man to hand him the first legitimate loss of his career. Even Miocic recognized that it will be an extra feather in his cap if he can be that fighter.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Yeah, of course. I mean he is one of the pound-for-pound best fighters ever, of all time. He’s done so well. It’ll be great. I mean, I am not gonna worry about what he wants to do and how much he wants to get paid. I’m here for one goal, that’s taking my belt back,” said the former champion.

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A fight between Miocic and Jones will be an impressive spectacle for the fans. One can only hope that fight actually happens after ‘Bones‘ finally kicks off his career in the heavyweight division of the UFC.

What did you make of Miocic’s latest comments? Let us know.

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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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