‘I Just Want My Belt Back’: Stipe Miocic Plans To Talk With Dana White In September
Drama continues to stir in the UFC heavyweight division, and Stipe Miocic said he’s planning to have a talk with UFC President Dana White about it.
Miocic, a record-breaking former UFC heavyweight champion, said he wishes the UFC offered him an opportunity to win back his title belt, which he lost to current champion Francis Ngannou. Instead, Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis were slid in for the interim gold at UFC 265 earlier this month. Gane, who won by TKO, is likely to set up a title unification match with Ngannou.
“It does bother me, because I just wish they would have at least came to me,” Miocic told ESPN. “Even if I wasn’t able do it, I would have just loved to be given the opportunity. I think I deserved it. But I’m not gonna bitch and moan about it.”
Miocic added that he wants to sit down and have a talk with White in hopes of getting another chance for the belt that was once his. He said he’ll fly to Las Vegas in September.
“Hey, nothing new,” Miocic said. “It feels like it’s like that all the time with me. Right now it’s time for us to sit down with Dana and figure this all out and try to find the right path.”
Ngannou knocked out Miocic at UFC 260 on March 27 to win the title, and he hasn’t fought since. This was their second fight; White said the winner would face Jon Jones, but that didn’t happen, instead, Lewis was tapped and Ngannou could’ve fight so Gane was put onto the card.
Miocic (20-4) is a two-time UFC heavyweight champion with four title defenses, the most in the division’s history.
The fighter is expecting a second child with his wife, so he’s unsure if he would take an interim title fight, but he at least wanted the opportunity, he said.
There were talks of a matchup with Jones, but the UFC never presented anything official and Jones doesn’t seem to be interested.
“I just want to get my belt back,” Miocic told MMA Fighting. “That’s all I’ve really thought about. I haven’t really worried about retirement. I’m having fun, and as long as my body feels good and I’m having fun, we’ll keep going.”