Report | The UFC already has an opponent in mind for Stipe Mioicic’s next title defense

May 27, 2017 12:42 pm by Chris Taylor

Report | The UFC already has an opponent in mind for Stipe Mioicic’s next title defense

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA) successfully defended his title earlier this month at UFC 211 in Dallas, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over former division title holder Junior dos Santos.

The victory served as Miocic’s fifth in a row and second title defense, as he had previously knocked out Alistair Overeem in the first-round of their headlining scrap at UFC 203 this past September in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

The proud Ohio native, Miocic, captured the UFC’s coveted heavyweight title in May of 2016 at UFC 198 in Brazil, where he earned a first-round knockout victory over Fabricio Werdum.

Stipe Miocic KOs Fabricio Werdum

All five of Miocic’s most recent victories have come by way of knockout, disposing of top contenders Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and most recently the aforementioned Junior dos Santos in that time.

Following his victory over “JDS”, Miocic teased fight fans with the idea of potentially having a boxing match with current heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua.

Meanwhile, surging heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou stated his desire to receive the next opportunity at Miocic’s heavyweight strap.

However, according to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani the UFC is looking to book Ngannou against former title holder Junior dos Santos at a yet to be announced pay-per-view event this August.

So what is next for Miocic?

Well according to BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor, the promotion is actively working on setting up a bout between Stipe Miocic and former division kingpin Cain Velasquez for later this summer.

Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA) has not competed since 2016 at July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event where he scored a first-round TKO victory over Travis Browne.

Prior to that, Velasquez had his impressive five-fight win streak snapped by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City, losing his heavyweight title in the process.

Velasquez recently took to Twitter where he revealed that he is expecting a new member of his family “Lil Cain” to be here in November. The former champion added “I’m back soon”.

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