Stipe Miocic was brutally knocked out in his quest to defend his heavyweight title in his rematch against Francis Ngannou, in the main event of UFC 260. The Cleveland native struggled in the very first round to even grab a foothold in the match and was eventually demolished in the second round. With that his second reign as the heavyweight champion since 2019, came to an end.
Speaking about Miocic, in the post-fight interview, UFC President Dana White claimed that he didn’t know what the future holds for Miocic. He also spoke about the admiration and respect he had towards the 38-year old, although his relationship with him (Stipe) has been quite ‘weird’.
‘I have nothing but the utmost respect for Stipe Miocic‘ – Dana White
Dana White was quoted as saying, “I don’t know what the future holds for Stipe. Obviously after this fight, he’s got to go home and heal up and spend some time with his family and then we’ll talk about what’s next for him. But I have nothing but the utmost respect for Stipe Miocic and everything he’s done in this sport and for this company.” [via BJPenn.com]
Speaking about his relationship with Miocic, White said, “I’ve had this weird relationship with Stipe, but I love Stipe. The guy is as solid as you can get. (He) kept his job as a firefighter, is loved in his hometown and will go down as the greatest heavyweight ever in UFC history – in the sport’s history, actually. Tonight’s Francis’ first night.” [via BJPenn.com]
Miocic might challenge Ngannou again for a rematch. But given the evolution Ngannou has undergone as a well-rounded fighter is amazing on all levels. Plus, Jon Jones versus Francis Ngannou is probably in the works, as the former is yet to make his debut after moving to the heavyweight division quite a while back.