Stipe Miocic is often considered one of the greatest heavyweight champions in UFC history. While the title of the greatest of all time (GOAT) in heavyweight MMA undoubtedly belongs to Fedor Emelianenko, Miocic’s credentials make a strong case for the GOAT title.
The 41-year-old heavyweight fighter boasts a career with victories over Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Now, the former champion is preparing to face another future Hall of Famer in his upcoming bout at UFC 295.
Stipe Miocic feels like retiring after every bout
Stipe Miocic is an iconic figure in the UFC who has made a lasting impact with his achievements in the heavyweight division. Known for his well-rounded abilities, Miocic has not only excelled as a fighter but is also serving as a first responder. Miocic works as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in Oakland, Ohio.
The 41-year-old has been on hiatus since his loss to Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. Currently, he is set to face Jon Jones at UFC 295, which may play a pivotal role in Miocic’s decision-making process regarding retirement. Sports journalist Amy Kaplan recently reported Miocic contemplating retirement after facing Jones.
Miocis, a multiple-time UFC heavyweight champion, has solidified his legendary status with victories against the likes of Francis Ngannou, Fabricio Werdum, and Daniel Cormier to name a few. His recent loss to Ngannou has prompted introspection about his future considering the fact that he juggles his octagon career with his duties as a firefighter.
The upcoming fight against ‘Bones’ holds significant weight as It could potentially shape Miocic’s destiny as a UFC fighter. Kaplan’s recent conversation with Miocic revealed his consideration of retirement. However, another MMA journalist, Robert Tellez noted that Miocic feels that way after every fight.
Stipe Miocic vs Jon Jones bout preview
Stipe Miocic has already proven his ability by conquering a bunch of formidable adversaries, while amassing an impressive 16-4 win-loss record. He has the UFC heavyweight champion twice and is currently the 3rd ranked fighter in the division. The 41-year-old also has a record nine fight-night bonus awards in the division.
Miocic faces a new challenge at UFC 295 in the form of Jon Jones who is widely hailed as the greatest of all time. Jones is a current heavyweight champion and former light heavyweight champion with an incredible UFC win-loss record of 21-1(1). The upcoming UFC 295 is poised to be a highlight of the year.
The event is co-headlined by a title bout between Jiri Prochazka and Alex Periera in the division where Jones reigned supreme. Jones is still the youngest ever to win a title. He holds notable victories over a string of legends of the game. If he adds Miocic to his resume of wins, Bones would undoubtedly be the GOAT.
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