Stipe Miocic Opens Up About Recent Loss Of His Father
The news follows speculations about Jon Jones' return and who his opponent will be.
Stipe Miocic has a reason for why he might not be able to face Jon Jones in his return.
The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion revealed on Instagram that his father passed away over the weekend.
“This took a little bit to write this, I didn’t want to post about it, but I want everyone to know… my father passed away this past Sunday and I appreciate all of the text, calls and prayers,” Miocic wrote.
“Dad you were a boisterous, stubborn, opinionated, ‘told everyone how you felt’ kinda guy.. which I definitely got from you haha.. in the same breath, you were the most soft, gentle loving man (got that from you as well). You cared for others and fiercely protected your family… I appreciate having you for the 40 years I’ve been alive. You may have been half way across the world, but you were always there. Just talking with you & you making sure you showed the kids your cat on FaceTime (even though I was trying to have a serious convo with you) were the best memories…
“I know your up there, being difficult Ofcourse.. so you can be comfortable & watch over us… we love you so much, B, Danielle, Jelica, the kids (aydin, meelah, mateo) Ryan & myself… thank you for being you,” Miocic continued. “Your kids wouldn’t be who they are today if it weren’t for you… I don’t like sharing personal things on social media, but it’s important to remember & celebrate his life and what a wonderful man he was…Rest in peace and I know you’ll be watching over us. Love you Dad.”
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Recent reports said that the UFC was in serious talks for Jones to make his return and his heavyweight debut against current division champion Francis Ngannou. If that didn’t work, former light heavyweight champion Curtis Blaydes is the back-up.
Miocic was previously runner up to be Jones’ next opponent. Miocic has not fought since losing the title to Ngannou in March 2021.
When Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis fought for the interim title in August 2021, Miocic protested and questioned why he wasn’t considered for the matchup.
Gane won that fight, but eventually lost to Ngannou in this past January.