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Stipe Miocic might finally be ready to defend his UFC heavyweight crown.
“The time has come,” Miocic wrote on Twitter. “Who’s ready? #SM #AndStill.
The reigning champion has been sidelined since undergoing eye surgery following a UFC 241 victory over Daniel Cormier last August. A potential return to action was further delayed when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Ohio-based firefighter from training at his gym.
Cormier, who has been very vocal about pushing for a trilogy with Miocic before he retires, was quite pleased to hear that the champion appears ready to return to the Octagon.
you’re done ! https://t.co/ZRLmCql8ky— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 8, 2020
Meanwhile, top contender Francis Ngannou had a different reaction, as he is ready for the division to move forward. “The Predator” has authored four consecutive first-round finishes and seems destined to get the next title shot once Miocic and Cormier have concluded their business.
“It’s been a year now, so stop fighting on social media and sign the contracts on your desks and lets move on,” Ngannou wrote.
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