Stipe Miocic wants the winner of Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane.
The two-time UFC heavyweight champion took to Twitter to announce the UFC’s new heavyweight champion. Jones and Gane will fight for the vacant title that was left by Francis Ngannou’s departure.
Miocic hasn’t fought since losing the belt by knockout to Ngannou in March 2021. But the 40-year-old firefighter and paramedic thinks a summer fight with the new champ would work just fine.
“March 4th – I like it,” Miocic wrote. “I got winner in July.”
March 4th – I like it.
I was the July winner.
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) January 15, 2023
Miocic served as a temporary member of the welcome committee during Jones’ first heavyweight fight. Jones indicated a bout with Miocic was in the works for UFC 282 this past December. Then UFC President Dana White threw cold water on that idea, telling reporters it wasn’t in the pipeline.
Miocic and Jones were supposed to fight at UFC 218 with Jones moving up in weight to challenge the then-champ. A failed drug test from Jones scrapped that idea, White later said.
Since his loss to Ngannou,
Miocic has not been allowed to return. He was the most successful UFC heavyweight, winning three of his four fights to defend it, one over Ngannou. He vengeanced a loss to Cormier in a knockout and won two rematches, before ceding his belt.