Stipe Miocic is a name synonymous with toughness and resilience in the heavyweight division. He is poised to make his much-anticipated return to the Octagon after a two-year hiatus. His last bout against Francis Ngannou ended with a crushing knockout, leaving fans both excited and concerned about his comeback. Especially considering his age, 41, and the formidable opponent he faces in Jon Jones.
Miocic, however, firmly believes that his extensive experience in the heavyweight division will provide him with the edge he needs to reignite his career. Having previously conquered Daniel Cormier twice before his setback against Ngannou, Miocic remains one of the most formidable heavyweights in the sport. He is confident that Jon Jones is in for a rude awakening come UFC 295.
Stipe Miocic believes that Jon Jones could potentially be undervaluing the skill and strength of heavyweight fighters.
During an interview with MMA Junkie, Miocic was questioned about the distinct feature of heavyweight fighting that Jones may not have encountered yet. Miocic highlighted the immense strength possessed by heavyweights.
“I believe that power is undoubtedly a crucial factor. When there are big men in the ring throwing bombs, the force behind their punches can make a significant impact, regardless of how hard they are actually throwing. With the use of small gloves, anything can happen.”
In the main event of UFC 295, Miocic and Jon Jones will face off for the heavyweight championship. This highly anticipated showdown will take place on November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York. After dominating the light heavyweight division for almost ten years, Jones has decided to give up his title and move up to the heavyweight division. Miocic believes that the heavyweight division presents a unique set of challenges, making this fight even more intriguing.
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Although Jon Jones has yet to reply to Miocic’s comments, as a former heavyweight champion, he has a valuable viewpoint from his fights against formidable knockout specialists such as Junior Dos Santos and Francis Ngannou.
The fight between Miocic and Jones will determine their legacies.
Stipe Miocic has a remarkable history, having achieved a record of three consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses. This is a notable accomplishment in a weight category that is known for its unpredictability.
During the interview, Miocic was questioned about his drive to continue competing at this point in his professional journey. He responded by stating, “There are several reasons: Firstly, I crave the challenge of facing the top contenders. As a competitor, I am always eager to compete and I have a passion for fighting. I am still enjoying myself. Although my previous fight did not go as planned, I am determined to make a comeback and secure a victory.”
Jon Jones had an impressive first appearance in the heavyweight division, quickly defeating French striker Ciryl Gane in the first round by submission. He demonstrated his skill by only receiving seven strikes in his victory over Gane. This win also earned him the vacant heavyweight championship title, leading to high expectations for his future in this weight class.
As the highly anticipated UFC 295 fight between two MMA icons draws near, the lingering question is: Does Stipe Miocic have enough strength to stop Jon Jones? Let us know your opinions in the comment section!
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