Now that Stipe Miocic’s avenged his decision loss to Junior dos Santos, in very impressive and quick fashion, the debate’s on as to what’s next for the heavyweight champ.
Miocic and JDS threw down in the headliner of UFC 211 on Saturday. Although dos Santos punished Miocic’s lead leg with a couple of nasty kicks, the champ continued to pressure and floored the JDS with a big right. It was Miocic’s fourth straight, opening round, stoppage win.
If you look at the heavyweight ranks, there’s no contender that appears to be a shoe in for Miocic’s next opponent. Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem are fighting on July 8th, but Miocic’s already taken out both of the vets. Francis Ngannou continues to climb the ranks, but many believe he’s one, big name win away from locking up a title shot.
Then, there’s former champ Cain Velasquez, who on paper, seems like a real threat to Miocic. But, Velasquez continues to battle injuries, and it’s not clear if the UFC would want to tap him for a title fight.
Well, after UFC 211, Miocic was of course, asked about his future, and here’s what the Cleveland star said (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Don’t matter; I’m going to win again,” he said. “I mean, I really don’t care. Like I said, I have the best coaches in the world. We’re going to have a better game plan walking in. We’re going to learn from our mistakes in the last fight I did, bring them in, get better, walk in and walk out with the belt still around my waist.”
There you have it. If you’ve followed Miocic over the years, then that response shouldn’t surprise you. Perhaps the UFC will give the champ a bit of a break, and will see what plays out in the coming months, before booking the next championship fight?