Stipe Out Indefinitely
After going to war with Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, do not expect heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to return to the Octagon this year.
With a rumor surfacing that the two heavyweights squaring off for a third and final time at UFC 245 in December, Miocic confirmed that an eye injury is keeping him on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
“I’ll be ready to fight when I can see out of both eyes again,” Miocic said in a statement to ESPN on his retina injury. “I can’t wait to defend my belt.”
According to Miocic’s agent, Jim Walter, the injury occurred when Cormier accidentally poked Miocic in the eye during their rematch. Miocic complained of eye pokes during both of his fights against Cormier, in 2018 and 2019.
Miocic’s agent Jim Walter stated that Cormier accidentally eyes poked the Ohio native during their rematch earlier this year and that his safety is more important than rushing him back for the trilogy.
“Mr. Miocic sustained a major retina injury from multiple eye pokes during his bout at UFC 241,” said Walter, of Kaulig Sports and Entertainment. “Our client’s health and safety is our top priority. We are excited for him to return to action when he is healthy to compete in his seventh consecutive world title fight.”
“I’m gonna fight this guy again,” Cormier said to Ariel Helwani. “My intention is to fight him in the right way. … It has to be against Stipe, no one else matters.”
Initial Report: ESPN