Ex-UFC champ Miocic miffed by interim title snub

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CLEVELAND — Stipe Miocic simply wished a name, a nod that he was at the least within the dialog.

Essentially the most profitable UFC heavyweight champion of all time informed ESPN on Wednesday that the UFC by no means contacted him to supply a chance on the interim heavyweight title earlier this month. As an alternative, Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis fought for the interim gold at UFC 265 on Aug. 7. Gane won by TKO to take the belt — and sure arrange a title unification bout with undisputed champion Francis Ngannou.

“It does hassle me, as a result of I simply want they’d have at the least got here to me,” Miocic stated at Revolution Combat and Health, the place he was selling the partnership between Modelo and the UFC to renovate gyms throughout the nation. “Even when I wasn’t in a position do it, I’d have simply beloved to be given the chance. I feel I deserved it. However I am not gonna bitch and moan about it.”

Miocic stated he’ll fly to Las Vegas in September to have a sit-down assembly with UFC president Dana White which is able to resolve his subsequent steps. Miocic stated he’ll “100%” inform White immediately about his emotions that he was snubbed.

“I simply have to take a seat down and have a dialog with him,” Miocic stated. “And the whole lot will fall into place.”

Ngannou knocked out Miocic at UFC 260 on March 27 to win the title. Miocic (20-4) is a two-time UFC heavyweight champion with 4 title defenses, probably the most within the division’s historical past. The perfect situation, Miocic stated, can be to get a trilogy battle with Ngannou for the title. Miocic defeated Ngannou by way of unanimous determination at UFC 220 in January 2018.

“Getting my rematch and getting my belt again,” Miocic stated. “That is the one method I see it.”

Main into Ngannou vs. Miocic 2 in March, White said the winner would doubtless get Jon Jones, the previous gentle heavyweight champion and all-time nice, as his subsequent challenger. As an alternative, the UFC slid Lewis into that spot. When Ngannou was unable to battle Aug. 7 in Houston, Lewis’ hometown, Gane was tabbed and an interim title was placed on the road for the headlining bout.

Miocic stated he is not even positive he would have taken the interim title battle, as a result of it got here collectively so rapidly and his spouse, Ryan, is due quickly with the couple’s second little one. However he at the least wished “a seat on the desk.” Miocic stated he did not even watch Gane vs. Lewis. He appears like Gane is “powerful,” however “undoubtedly beatable.”

White stated earlier this month that Miocic was open to preventing Jones subsequent. Miocic didn’t deny that, however stated the UFC by no means introduced him with a proper provide. Sources informed ESPN that Jones is just not occupied with that bout in the meanwhile.

As for why he was not known as earlier this summer time or why an interim title was even created when Ngannou simply received the belt 5 months in the past, Miocic stated he couldn’t make certain of any of it and the UFC has its causes for doing issues.

“I do not know,” Miocic stated. “I’ve seen it for years. If I knew, I would not be a fighter; I’d be a matchmaker. … We’ll have a sit-down come September with Dana and determine the whole lot out.”

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