UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic believes he will return to action in either December or January, but he who he will defend his title against, that is still unknown.
In July it was reported by Ariel Helwani that Miocic had been sitting out on his contract with the UFC till he reached a deal that compensated the heavyweight champion to his satisfaction.
On The MMA Hour, Miocic told Helwani that communications between he and the UFC are opened back up with a potential fight for either December or at the start of 2018.
“I’ve got a great management team and they’re doing everything they’re supposed to. We’re talking, it’s all good.”
Miocic dismissed the notion that there is no outright challenger to his title at the moment, underlining the size of the category’s competitors as a reason why every opponent needs to be taken seriously.
“There are a lot of guys that are there already. In the heavyweight division anything can happen on any night, you know? That’s what’s scary about the division: no matter how good you are there is always somebody that can beat you. We haven’t talked about who the opponent is yet, but they’re thinking December or January so we’ll see.”
One contender looking for a title shot was Francis Ngannou after his UFC 215 fight with Junior Dos Santos fell through due a USADA violation on Dos Santos.
Miocic said he would welcome a contest with “The Predator”. He also said he would be open to fights with Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.
“Listen, whoever the UFC wants me to fight, I’ll fight – Overeem, or whoever’s next…Volkov…he’s a tough guy too, but I have a hard time saying his name for whatever reason. You know, or Cain, whoever they say I’m not going to back down.”
The Cleveland native also claimed that he had no idea that UFC were considering matching him with Jon Jones, which was revealed by Dana White shortly after the controversial light-heavyweight’s latest USADA violation was announced.
Miocic said he would have fought Jones if the UFC had put the fight together.
“I had no idea they were talking about it. Listen I’m usually last to know, which is fine. If they would’ve had me fight Jon Jones, I would have fought him. I don’t care but they never brought it to my attention.