Miocic responds to criticism and defends his right to choose to face Jon Jones for the UFC belt

Former heavyweight champion refutes rumors that he was preventing a fight against Jon Jones and sends a message to the division

Stipe Miocic is a former UFC heavyweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Stipe Miocic He is a former UFC heavyweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Amidst the controversy that surrounds him for allegedly holding the heavyweight division (up to 120,2 kg.) of UFC when waiting for a fight with Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic spoke out forcefully. In an interview with CBS Sports, the former category champion denied the accusations and stated that he does not care about the criticism.

“I am not sustaining any division as everyone says. I don’t care, do what you want and stop crying,” said Miocic.

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The Croatian fighter, who is considered one of the greatest heavyweights in UFC history, with a record of 20 wins and 4 losses, has been the target of criticism from some fans and experts for allegedly preventing the fight between Jones, the current champion. of the category, and other challengers.

Miocic, who has already defended the heavyweight belt on three occasions, lost the title to Francis Ngannou No. UFC 260, in March 2021. Since then, he has never acted professionally again and has not even faced any fighter in the top 15 on the organization's roster.

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Despite speculation, Stipe still does not have a defined opponent for his next fight. The Croatian has already declared that he wants to face Jon Jones, but the fight has not yet been made official by the UFC. The two should face each other in the 2024 season.

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