Miocic And UFC In Talks For Return
Contract talks have finally restarted between UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s camp and the UFC. According to sources as first reported by MMA Fighting, the talks are leaning towards a Miocic return to defend his title in the first quarter of 2018.
Miocic was last seen inside the Octagon in May, when he earned a win over Junior dos Santos at UFC 211. The current heavyweight champion typically shies away from drama, has been vocal about being unhappy with his current contract.
In July, his management team said Miocic would not return to action until his contract was restructured. The main issue has been that Miocic, who is on the verge of beating the heavyweight record for most title defenses (2), has earned less than the challenger in his last two title defenses (JDS and Alistair Overeem.)
And while it is too early to predict who Miocic would fight upon returning. The smart money would predict that the winner of this weekend’s Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura fight, UFC 218’s Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou, and/or Alxander Volkov are all in play at this time.