Miocic is the greatest UFC Heavyweight of all time! Period.
The 37 year-old Cleveland native went five rounds with Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas Saturday night to retain his heavyweight belt. The fight went to a decision where the judges unanimously scored in Miocic’s favor. Miocic nearly TKO’d Cormier at the end of the third round but the buzzer sounded to save Cormier.
This fight definitely didn’t go without drama as Cormier poked Miocic in the eye early – and for the record – third fight in a row. And then, Miocic returned the favor with a heavy poke to the left eye of Cormier which handicapped him for the rest of the fight. Miocic took countless punches to the head but nothing that would daze him. He was the better fighter on the night even though a unanimous decision was a bit generous, in my opinion.
Miocic has now defended the heavyweight belt a record four times while winning the belt on two occasions. Now Cormier – who defeated Miocic in 2018 – will ride off into the sunset as he said this would be his last fight. But what’s next for Miocic?
He really has nothing left to prove. He’s already defeated Cormier (twice), Werdum, Overeem, dos Santos, and most likely his next opponent- Francis Ngannou. There was tons of chirping on Twitter after Miocic’s victory over Cormier, but Ngannou wants his rematch with the Croatian-American. On top of that, Jon Jones said he would move up to the heavyweight division as he currently hols the light heavyweight belt.
My guess: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 in early 2021.
UFC President Dana White has never really liked Miocic. Miocic has been underpaid and under appreciated by the UFC during his entire tenure with the fighting promotion. What would Miocic’s ideal situation be? Fight until he can’t fight anymore? Defend the belt ‘x’ more times?
One thing is true. Stipe is golding down the fort for Croatian sports in the fighting department and he’s got plenty of gas left in the tank. Let’s see what he and White decide to do for 2021.