Earlier this year, in the main event of UFC 203, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defended his title with a first-round smashing of Alistair Overeem. The champ earned this win in front of thousands of screaming fans in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
With this unforgettable win in the books, Miocic is now taking some well-deserved time off. While the champ enjoys this bit of R&R, the division he rules is trundling on.
At the moment, the biggest heavyweight bout on the horizon is a rematch between former champions Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. The two first met back in mid-2015, on a night that would mark the end of Velasquez’s reign, and the beginning of Werdum’s. Their second meeting will occur on the main card of UFC 207 on December 30.
In advance of this fight, Miocic sees the winner as a pretty obvious next opponent.
“Obviously Cain and Werdum have their fight coming up so whoever the UFC wants me to fight I’ll fight,” the champ recently told FloCombat.com. “I matchup well with everyone. I have the best coach in the world and I’m ready to go.”
As far as who that winner is, Miocic admitted he’s not sure.
“I’m not great at picking fights. Cain looked great in his last fight [against Travis Browne]…super tough and his usual self. Werdum is Werdum. He’s one of the best and he’s beat the best. He has a win over Cain so I think it comes down to whoever implements their game plan the best is going to win the fight.”
While Miocic expects to mix it up with the winner of this fight sometime in 2017, he’s also interested in a much discussed scrap with troubled light heavyweight legend Jon Jones, who is expected to return to the cage sometime in the near future.
“Yeah, whoever the UFC wants I’ll fight them,” Miocic said of a possible fight with Jones. “I feel I matchup very well with him. Like I said, it’s want the UFC wants. You want me to fight Jon Jones, Cain, Werdum I don’t really care. I’m not giving this belt up for a long time. I worked way too hard to give it up. My goal is to keep this belt for as long as I can and I’m going to keep it for a long time.”
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