UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has provided an update on his health and the timeline for his return to the Octagon.
Stipe Miocic reclaimed his UFC heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last year and UFC 241. He sent Cormier down to the canvas in the 4th round after a barrage of body and head strikes. Since then, the heavyweight champion has been dealing with an eye injury, which he suffered during the fight. His layoff has created a traffic jam in the title contention at heavyweight, as Daniel Cormier has also been out of action having to deal with injuries. The pair are expected to get back into action for a potential trilogy fight later this year.
Miocic recently caught up with TMZ sport, providing an update on his health and a timeline for his return to action. See what the UFC heavyweight champion had to say:
“The eye’s really good actually. It’s really getting healed up. I’m getting better every day and getting back in the gym slowly,” Miocic said. “I still have some spots still there, but it’s not really messing with my vision so I’m happy about that.”
Miocic was also asked when would he be returning to the Octagon. The heavyweight champion said that he expects to fight “DC” later in the summer:
“It’s looking like summer. A lot of these fights are already booked up, so probably summertime. It’s whatever the UFC wants. I’m not the matchmaker. I’ve always said, ‘Of I’m the matchmaker then I wouldn’t be fighting,’” he said.
Both, Miocic and Cormier are likely to be remembered as some of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history. The pair are currently 1-1 in fights, with both man holding a knockout victory over the other. This scenario sets up a trilogy fight perfectly and if everything goes according to plan, we can expect to see it sometime later this year.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 10th March, 2020.