UFC 252 Aftermath: To cement his claim as the Baddest Man in MMA history, Stipe Miocic needs to fight Jon Jones

Stipe Miocic | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Saturday night, Stipe Miocic successfully defended his heavyweight title, taking a hard-fought unanimous decision over Daniel Cormier in their rubber match at UFC 252. In the build-up to the fight, the promotion largely centered around this being a battle to determine the greatest heavyweight of all time and now, having bested Cormier two out of three times, Miocic can confidently lay claim to that crown. But though Miocic is now unequivocally the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, he remains a controversial figure in the MMA world. Not because he’s done anything wrong—by all accounts Miocic is a model human being, he’s a firefighter for God’s sake!—but because he just doesn’t seem like the greatest heavyweight to ever compete. He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of MMA — he gets no respect. And even Miocic himself admits it, saying after UFC 252 that “I always get sh*t on it seems like.” But why is that? Miocic’s run through the heavyweight division is unimpeachable, having beaten four former UFC champions (including Cormier) and the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion (Alistair Overeem) along with a host of other top heavyweights. And those weren’t ugly wins. Miocic knocked out nearly all of them, and in while he did it, he also set the record for most UFC heavyweight title defenses. It’s a resume that any fighter would be thrilled with and under normal circumstance would remove any doubt to his claim. However, there is one glaring issue with Miocic’s campaign: Jon Jones. Though Miocic has been the heavyweight champion for most of the last for years (except that year-long period where Cormier held it) his claim as “Baddest Man on the Planet” has always rung hollow. It’s not half fair to Miocic, but with Jones competing just a failed weight cut away, and in a historically much better division, there are a great number of people who believe—not without merit—that Miocic is the best heavyweight only so long as Jon Jones deems it so. And when discussing subjective concepts like ”greatness” something like that is a rather large black mark. Fortunately, there is a simple way to fix this issue: fight Jon Jones. Jones has spent much of his career categorically disinterested in moving up to heavyweight. However, in recent times Jones has pivoted that stance and earlier this year even campaigned for a heavyweight fight with Francis Ngannou. On Saturday, Jones was rapt in his attention for the main event, live-Tweeting the entire thing and then saying “heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon.” That’s a pretty clear indication that Jones wants to fight for the heavyweight title. Unfortunately for Stipe, Dana White does not appear to share Jones’ enthusiasm, saying at the post-fight press conference that Jones would not leapfrog Ngannou for the next heavyweight title shot. But books can be written about the things White has said won’t happen that eventually come to pass, and in this instance, Miocic has the leverage to make it happen and should do so immediately. A fight with Jones is not just a big money superfight, it’s the most consequential fight Miocic can ever have. Aside from having the opportunity to give Jones his first true loss, a win would cement Miocic as the HW GOAT and give him a substantial boost in the pound-for-pound GOAT conversation. There would be no black marks on his legacy, no asterisks to argue. It would just be Stipe, alone at the top of the mountain for Baddest Man in History. How does he pass that opportunity up? To fight Francis Ngannou again? No disrespect to Ngannou, who is the scariest man alive and may well KO Miocic in the rematch, but a second win over Ngannou doesn’t do much for Miocic. Sure, it’s another top quality win to add to his resume but, to quote the old proverb, been there, done that. Coming off a legacy-defining win against Cormier, Miocic deserves something more spectacular. Then again, Miocic has never been one for the spectacular. He’s a blue collar guy, from a blue collar town. He’s spent his entire career grabbing his helmet and lunchbox and clocking in for whoever the UFC wanted to put in front of him. And if that’s how he wants to continue with his career, well, then he’s earned the right to do that too. UFC 252 Quotes “Yes, 100 percent I would have finished him. He was stumbling. Just like the last fight, in the second fight, in the fourth round, I had him in the same spot. I rushed in too fast. If I would have stepped back just a little bit, one step back, I think I would have caught him.” - Stipe on if he was close to stopping Cormier at the end of round two. “F*ck, look at my eye. I couldn’t even f*cking – I couldn’t see the rest of the fight. I can’t see anything out of my left eye. It’s black. It is what it is. It doesn’t matter.” - Cormier on the inadvertent eye poke he suffered in the third round. “I think my saying he won’t retire is me kind of hoping he doesn’t retire. Whatever he wants t

UFC 252 Aftermath: To cement his claim as the Baddest Man in MMA history, Stipe Miocic needs to fight Jon Jones
Stipe Miocic | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

On Saturday night, Stipe Miocic successfully defended his heavyweight title, taking a hard-fought unanimous decision over Daniel Cormier in their rubber match at UFC 252. In the build-up to the fight, the promotion largely centered around this being a battle to determine the greatest heavyweight of all time and now, having bested Cormier two out of three times, Miocic can confidently lay claim to that crown.

But though Miocic is now unequivocally the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, he remains a controversial figure in the MMA world. Not because he’s done anything wrong—by all accounts Miocic is a model human being, he’s a firefighter for God’s sake!—but because he just doesn’t seem like the greatest heavyweight to ever compete. He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of MMA — he gets no respect. And even Miocic himself admits it, saying after UFC 252 that “I always get sh*t on it seems like.”

But why is that? Miocic’s run through the heavyweight division is unimpeachable, having beaten four former UFC champions (including Cormier) and the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion (Alistair Overeem) along with a host of other top heavyweights. And those weren’t ugly wins. Miocic knocked out nearly all of them, and in while he did it, he also set the record for most UFC heavyweight title defenses. It’s a resume that any fighter would be thrilled with and under normal circumstance would remove any doubt to his claim. However, there is one glaring issue with Miocic’s campaign: Jon Jones.

Though Miocic has been the heavyweight champion for most of the last for years (except that year-long period where Cormier held it) his claim as “Baddest Man on the Planet” has always rung hollow. It’s not half fair to Miocic, but with Jones competing just a failed weight cut away, and in a historically much better division, there are a great number of people who believe—not without merit—that Miocic is the best heavyweight only so long as Jon Jones deems it so. And when discussing subjective concepts like ”greatness” something like that is a rather large black mark. Fortunately, there is a simple way to fix this issue: fight Jon Jones.

Jones has spent much of his career categorically disinterested in moving up to heavyweight. However, in recent times Jones has pivoted that stance and earlier this year even campaigned for a heavyweight fight with Francis Ngannou. On Saturday, Jones was rapt in his attention for the main event, live-Tweeting the entire thing and then saying “heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon.” That’s a pretty clear indication that Jones wants to fight for the heavyweight title. Unfortunately for Stipe, Dana White does not appear to share Jones’ enthusiasm, saying at the post-fight press conference that Jones would not leapfrog Ngannou for the next heavyweight title shot. But books can be written about the things White has said won’t happen that eventually come to pass, and in this instance, Miocic has the leverage to make it happen and should do so immediately.

A fight with Jones is not just a big money superfight, it’s the most consequential fight Miocic can ever have. Aside from having the opportunity to give Jones his first true loss, a win would cement Miocic as the HW GOAT and give him a substantial boost in the pound-for-pound GOAT conversation. There would be no black marks on his legacy, no asterisks to argue. It would just be Stipe, alone at the top of the mountain for Baddest Man in History. How does he pass that opportunity up? To fight Francis Ngannou again? No disrespect to Ngannou, who is the scariest man alive and may well KO Miocic in the rematch, but a second win over Ngannou doesn’t do much for Miocic. Sure, it’s another top quality win to add to his resume but, to quote the old proverb, been there, done that. Coming off a legacy-defining win against Cormier, Miocic deserves something more spectacular.

Then again, Miocic has never been one for the spectacular. He’s a blue collar guy, from a blue collar town. He’s spent his entire career grabbing his helmet and lunchbox and clocking in for whoever the UFC wanted to put in front of him. And if that’s how he wants to continue with his career, well, then he’s earned the right to do that too.


UFC 252 Quotes

“Yes, 100 percent I would have finished him. He was stumbling. Just like the last fight, in the second fight, in the fourth round, I had him in the same spot. I rushed in too fast. If I would have stepped back just a little bit, one step back, I think I would have caught him.” - Stipe on if he was close to stopping Cormier at the end of round two.

“F*ck, look at my eye. I couldn’t even f*cking – I couldn’t see the rest of the fight. I can’t see anything out of my left eye. It’s black. It is what it is. It doesn’t matter.” - Cormier on the inadvertent eye poke he suffered in the third round.

“I think my saying he won’t retire is me kind of hoping he doesn’t retire. Whatever he wants to do, I’m happy for him. If he wants to fight, I’m happy for him. If he wants to retire, I’m really happy for him too.” - Dana White on Daniel Cormier.

“Conor, Cody, Petr, Henry, you’re welcome.” - Marlon Vera after upsetting Sean O’Malley.

“Humbled.” - Sean O’Malley after the loss.


Stock report

Stock up

Stipe Miocic: The man cemented himself as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. What more is there to say?

Marlon Vera: “Chito” was a huge underdog heading into this fight with the UFC’s chosen prospect and he kicked over the apple cart. Sure, the fight was strange with the leg injury to O’Malley but it seems like Vera did in fact cause that injury and regardless, a win is a win and this one came in the biggest spot possible.

: After a somewhat tepid first round, Jairzinho came out and barnstormed Junior dos Santos in the second, adding another KO to his resume, and this one to a former heavyweight champion. This was an excellent bounce back from the loss to Ngannou.

: It was a poor night for prospects at UFC 252, with Pineda manhandling the other Burns brother. Considering the long road it took for him to get back to the UFC, this was a big win.

: Jandiroba became the first person to ever stop Felice Herrig, who has fought a who’s who of strawweight contenders.

Neutral

Daniel Cormier: This is one of those instances where there were no losers. The main event was a close fight despite the serious eye poke. Cormier didn’t gain what he could have with a win, but he lost nothing in defeat.

Junior dos Santos: Though he was knocked out decisively, JDS actually looked pretty good before that. His chin will never be what it once was but there’s no shame in getting knocked out by “Bigi Boy.”

Stock down

Sean O’Malley: In by far the biggest showcase he’s ever had, O’Malley came up lame. He’s young and talented and will bounce back but his chance to explode into superstardom is now gone.

: Dodson was plagued by all the weaknesses of his game that are well-known by known. As talented as fighter as has ever stepped in the cage, Dodson just got outworked over three rounds and now is well and truly out of title contention — unless he wants to drop back down to 125.

: After a good first round, Miller just sort of collapsed against Vinc Pichel and was summarily beaten over the next two.


Official matters

All in all, it was a good night for the judges and officials at UFC 252, with the one glaring issue being the eye poke in the main event that may (or may not) have affected the outcome. Marc Goddard is an excellent referee and after the bout he owned up to missing the eye poke, and the reality is, that’s just part of MMA. Refs aren’t going to see everything and sometimes, (especially to Cormier it seems) life isn’t fair. We’ll all be left to wonder what would have happened had Goddard seen the poke though, if “DC” admitted to the doctor he couldn’t see, the bout likely would’ve been a no contest. I guess we were all spared that.

Also, because he’s been the topic of much criticism lately, it should be noted that Herb Dean’s stoppage in the co-main event was perfect. Vera landed an elbow on the fallen O’Malley that clearly rolled his eyes back and Dean stepped in, even though O’Malley woke back up. That wasn’t an early stoppage, that was spot on.


Fights to make

Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones: For all the reasons mentioned above.

Marlon Vera vs. : Vera deserves a crack at the top-10 and Rivera needs a few good wins before he can get back into contention. This aligns perfectly for both men.

Sean O’Malley vs. John Dodson: A little on the nose but at this point Dodson is exactly the kind of stylistic matchup that O’Malley can grow from and should win.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. : LET THEM SWING.

Junior dos Santos vs. : At this point, there aren’t a ton of people JDS hasn’t already fought but Oleinik is one of them.

vs. : A big step up for Dvalishvili in both name and ranking. If he can get past Assuncao, then Merab can make a real run at the belt.

Virna Jandiroba vs. : Old guard vs. new and an appropriate step up in competition for Jandiroba.

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Last month, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, died from complications due to COVID-19. It was a shocking blow to the UFC lightweight champion and MMA in general. Following his passing, questions abounded about what the future would have in store for Khabib and whether he would defend his title this year. Those questions were answered when Nurmagomedov agreed to defend his title against interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October. But though Khabib is defending his title soon, don’t think that means he’s not still mourning his father. In a recent press conference (courtesy of RT Sport), Nurmagomedov addressed the passing of his father and his upcoming title fight, admitting that the loss is affecting his training but saying that he hopes it will come out stronger. “I’m sure everyone in this room lost someone,” Khabib said. “A friend, a neighbor, a cousin, a mother, a father, girlfriend. Everyone goes through loss, I understand that. But on the other hand it’s very difficult. Some people have strictly a father-son relationship, but my father was very close to me. We were like friends. He was my father and coach, we were always together. We were very close. Of course I’m sad. If I tell you with a straight face that it doesn’t affect my training, that’d be a lie. It does affect me, I think about him all the time. Maybe this pain will put me on another level and make me stronger. Any challenge either breaks you or makes you stronger. We’ll see what it does to me in time.” Aside from being his father, Abdulmanap was also the head coach for Khabib and stewarded his son’s rise to undefeated UFC champion. Abdulmanap had clear goals for his son which included retiring from the sport once Khabib reached 30-0. The lightweight champion is currently 28-0 and recently his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, suggested that following UFC 254, Khabib’s next fight would be his last. And while Khabib did not confirm that to be true, the lightweight champion does seem to suggest that he doesn’t have the much longer left in his career. “As far as retirement, I’ve been having lots of different thoughts,” Khabib said. “Right now I’m thinking of my next fight. We’ll see what happens next. Right now I’m 31, I’ll be 32 in September. That’s a significant age. I’m no longer a rookie. Looking back at how much time I’ve invested in the sport, it’s fair to say I’m a veteran. I’ve been a professional fighter for 12 years, since 2008. I’ve been in the UFC more than eight years. If you look back, I’ve had an excellent career. “Right now I’m motivated to come back, to fight, to keep busy, and I think the best place to do is where I am considered a professional. Then we’ll see what’s next. This whole year I’ve dedicated to training, my regimen - morning and evening training, diet, all of this helps distract me from everything that’s happening around me.” Soon, Nurmagomedov will start his training camp for Justin Gaethje in earnest, with American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez flying to Russia to prepare him, instead of Khabib spending his fight camp in San Jose as he has since 2012. And though this will be the first fight Khabib ever goes into without his father, the lightweight champion says he knows what his father would tell him to do. “He always had pretty firm advice - short, firm advice,” Khabib said. “He’d tell me to stay focused. He’d say, ‘You decided to fight, you have to get ready.’ There’s no half measures. If you’re fighting, get ready.” UFC 254 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at a still to be determined location. MUST-READ STORIES Results. Stipe Miocic won a unanimous decision over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252. Happy. Stipe Miocic ‘happy to cement’ as his legacy as the GOAT, but ‘I always get sh*t on’. Blind. Daniel Cormier lost vision in left eye of UFC 252 trilogy with Stipe Miocic: ‘I couldn’t see the rest of the fight’. Mea culpa. Marc Goddard apologizes for missing eye poke in UFC 252 main event: ‘I cannot call what I do not see’. Moving up. Jon Jones declares ‘heavyweight championships, I’ll be seeing you real soon’. Ngannou. Dana White: Jon Jones won’t jump over Francis Ngannou for title shot, but heavyweight bid ‘interesting’. New blood. Dana White interested in free agent Michael Chandler: ‘I would love to meet with him’. VIDEO STEW UFC 252 Post Fight Show. UFC 252 press conference. Free fight. Stipe vs. DC III. The most exciting fighters in history. LISTEN UP On to the Next One. Discussing the matches to make following UFC 252. Severe MMA. Discussing all of the fallout from UFC 252. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE The Champ. View this post on Instagram What a night!.. Nothing but thanks, love and respect to my team, my family, and my fans.. it’s truly an honor to put on a show for you! Now, back in the land to face my toughest opponent yet.. this one was for you baby girl #BYLTforthis #SM A post shared by Stipe Miocic (@s

Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov addresses loss of his father, potential retirement
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Last month, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, died from complications due to COVID-19. It was a shocking blow to the UFC lightweight champion and MMA in general. Following his passing, questions abounded about what the future would have in store for Khabib and whether he would defend his title this year. Those questions were answered when Nurmagomedov agreed to defend his title against interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October. But though Khabib is defending his title soon, don’t think that means he’s not still mourning his father.

In a recent press conference (courtesy of RT Sport), Nurmagomedov addressed the passing of his father and his upcoming title fight, admitting that the loss is affecting his training but saying that he hopes it will come out stronger.

“I’m sure everyone in this room lost someone,” Khabib said. “A friend, a neighbor, a cousin, a mother, a father, girlfriend. Everyone goes through loss, I understand that. But on the other hand it’s very difficult. Some people have strictly a father-son relationship, but my father was very close to me. We were like friends. He was my father and coach, we were always together. We were very close. Of course I’m sad. If I tell you with a straight face that it doesn’t affect my training, that’d be a lie. It does affect me, I think about him all the time. Maybe this pain will put me on another level and make me stronger. Any challenge either breaks you or makes you stronger. We’ll see what it does to me in time.”

Aside from being his father, Abdulmanap was also the head coach for Khabib and stewarded his son’s rise to undefeated UFC champion. Abdulmanap had clear goals for his son which included retiring from the sport once Khabib reached 30-0. The lightweight champion is currently 28-0 and recently his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, suggested that following UFC 254, Khabib’s next fight would be his last. And while Khabib did not confirm that to be true, the lightweight champion does seem to suggest that he doesn’t have the much longer left in his career.

“As far as retirement, I’ve been having lots of different thoughts,” Khabib said. “Right now I’m thinking of my next fight. We’ll see what happens next. Right now I’m 31, I’ll be 32 in September. That’s a significant age. I’m no longer a rookie. Looking back at how much time I’ve invested in the sport, it’s fair to say I’m a veteran. I’ve been a professional fighter for 12 years, since 2008. I’ve been in the UFC more than eight years. If you look back, I’ve had an excellent career.

“Right now I’m motivated to come back, to fight, to keep busy, and I think the best place to do is where I am considered a professional. Then we’ll see what’s next. This whole year I’ve dedicated to training, my regimen - morning and evening training, diet, all of this helps distract me from everything that’s happening around me.”

Soon, Nurmagomedov will start his training camp for Justin Gaethje in earnest, with American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez flying to Russia to prepare him, instead of Khabib spending his fight camp in San Jose as he has since 2012. And though this will be the first fight Khabib ever goes into without his father, the lightweight champion says he knows what his father would tell him to do.

“He always had pretty firm advice - short, firm advice,” Khabib said. “He’d tell me to stay focused. He’d say, ‘You decided to fight, you have to get ready.’ There’s no half measures. If you’re fighting, get ready.”

UFC 254 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at a still to be determined location.


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Stipe Miocic won a unanimous decision over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252.

Happy. Stipe Miocic ‘happy to cement’ as his legacy as the GOAT, but ‘I always get sh*t on’.

Blind. Daniel Cormier lost vision in left eye of UFC 252 trilogy with Stipe Miocic: ‘I couldn’t see the rest of the fight’.

Mea culpa. Marc Goddard apologizes for missing eye poke in UFC 252 main event: ‘I cannot call what I do not see’.

Moving up. Jon Jones declares ‘heavyweight championships, I’ll be seeing you real soon’.

Ngannou. Dana White: Jon Jones won’t jump over Francis Ngannou for title shot, but heavyweight bid ‘interesting’.

New blood. Dana White interested in free agent Michael Chandler: ‘I would love to meet with him’.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 252 Post Fight Show.

UFC 252 press conference.

Free fight.

Stipe vs. DC III.

The most exciting fighters in history.


LISTEN UP

On to the Next One. Discussing the matches to make following UFC 252.

Severe MMA. Discussing all of the fallout from UFC 252.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

The Champ.

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What a night!.. Nothing but thanks, love and respect to my team, my family, and my fans.. it’s truly an honor to put on a show for you! Now, back in the land to face my toughest opponent yet.. this one was for you baby girl #BYLTforthis #SM

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Francis, who ostensibly is set for a title shot now, knows what’s up.

Would watch.

Making friends.

Taking the loss well.

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Humbled.

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Cejudo enjoying it.

JDS is classy as hell.

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Respect.

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☞ Not my night! I'm not happy with my performance, it was very far from my best. No excuses! I will be back better and stronger! Thank you for my team for the love and support! Congratulations to @danielpitpineda you were the better man tonight! Respect give it to get it! ○●○● ☞ Não foi a minha noite! Nada feliz com minha performance, muito longe do meu melhor. Sem desculpas! Muito obrigado à todos pelas palavras de apoio! Parabéns pro Daniel Pineda ele foi o melhor hoje! Respeito dê para receber! #TheBlaze #TatamiFightwear #Tatami #PBECatering #BurnsBJJ #SanfordMMA #CombatClub #UFC #BurnsBrothers #TeamBurns

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UFC bound?

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Throw yourself into the fire so at worst you can feel the agony of defeat but at best you will feel the thrill of victory while daring greatly. - This life was not meant to be lived lukewarm. - See you in the fire. - See you at the top!

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So it appears Reyes isn’t getting an immediate rematch.

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Contract Signed ✒ Wanna thank my manager @tikighosn for getting it done! #teamreyes #weback #finishhim #victory #kingDom @mcecdelivery_ca @zignummezcalusa @manscaped @stinechiropractic @cagecombatacademy @danhendoafc @cobrakaimma @drinkbodyarmor

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

(33-15) vs. Aleksander Rakic (12-2); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 29.

(24-14) vs. (31-13); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 12.

(36-15 , 1 NC) vs. (14-4, 1 NC); UFC 253, Sep. 19.

(29-8) vs. (19-4-1); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 3.

(14-3) vs. (15-3); UFC Fight Night, Nov. 7.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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