Despite recent rumors regarding the severity of his eye injury, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic says he has been medically cleared to return to action.
Miocic regained the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 241 in August, scoring a fourth-round finish of Daniel Cormier, making him a two-time heavyweight champion. Miocic suffered an eye injury in the fight, but the champion recently told reporters at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, where he was named Athlete of the Year, that he has returned to sparring.
“[I’m] better – a lot better,” Miocic said. “It’s healed up. I’m taking my time with it because I’m 37, so I don’t want to injure it again. I want to be able to see out of both eyes when I get older. That’s all I really care about right now. I love fighting, but my health is more important.”
“…[I was cleared] about a week ago. I’ve been trying to spar a little bit. It’s been rough because I’ve not sparred in over five months. The guys that I take it out on would take it out on me. It’s not been fun. I’m thinking about that in the back of my mind.”
A trilogy title bout, which would also serve as Cormier’s retirement fight, is still set to take place in the future. However, there is no scheduled date or event with Miocic still working his way back from injury.
“Not right now,” Miocic said. “I just got cleared. I’m taking my time getting back into the swing of things. We’ll figure it out and see what happens.”
Quotes via MMAJunkie