The greatest UFC heavyweight of all time Stipe Miocic defended his heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. The outcome of the fight was not necessarily shocking but the fans were certainly concerned after Ngannou brutally KOed Miocic in round 2.
Prior to UFC 260, Stipe Miocic was considered the greatest heavyweight champion this sport has ever seen. Miocic has the most title defenses and most wins in title fights in the UFC heavyweight division. However, what happens to Stipe Miocic after the loss to Francis Ngannou?
Does he still remain the heavyweight GOAT? Who does he fight next? Will UFC book a trilogy between Miocic and Ngannou? Or Will Miocic have to wait for a long time to get another shot at the title?
UFC president, Dana White answered what’s next for Miocic after UFC 260 in the post-fight press conference. White also praised Miocic for his heavyweight title run and claimed that he is still the heavyweight GOAT. White stated:
“Yeah, I have had this weird relationship with Stipe. But I love Stipe man, The guy is as solid as you can get. Kept his job as a firefighter. Is loved in his hometown. And will go down as the greatest heavyweight ever in UFC history, in sports history actually. I don’t know what the future holds for Stipe, Obviously, after this fight, he got to go home, heal up, spend some time with family, and then we can talk about what’s next for him. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Stipe Miocic.”
Who should Stipe Miocic fight next?
It’s needless to say that Stipe Miocic will receive a 6 months medical suspension after UFC 260. So it’s unlikely that Miocic will return to the octagon in 2021. On the other hand, it’s almost certain that Ngannou will defend his title more time this year. He might take on Jon Jones or Derrick Lewis in his next fight.
Irrespective of whom Ngannou fights, Miocic should get the title shot when he comes back. The rivalry between Ngannou and Miocic is 1-1 at the moment and there is no doubt that Miocic will be coming for his throne once he heals up.