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Former two-time undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic has revealed the promotion have offered him a title fight with the victor of this weekend’s vacant championship clash between Jon Jones, and Ciryl Gane – with a bout offer for UFC 290 on July 8. during International Fight Week.
Miocic, the current #2 ranked heavyweight contender under the banner of the UFC, most recently featured back in March 2021 against fellow former undisputed champion, Francis Ngannou suffering a devastating second round KO in the pair’s championship rematch.
A former two-time undisputed heavyweight champion, Euclid veteran, Stipe Miocic first struck gold on enemy territory in Brazil, stopping Fabricio Werdum back in 2016 with a first round KO.
Beginning his second reign in a rematch knockout win over former two-division champion, Daniel Cormier in 2019, Miocic would defeat the Louisana native in a title trilogy rubber match the following year before suffering his knockout loss to Ngannou.
Stipe Miocic reveals the UFC have offered him a July title fight in his Octagon return
Still very much at play within the ever-altering heavyweight fray, Miocic has now revealed that ahead of UFC 285 this weekend, the organization has offered him a slot against either Jones or Gane on July 8. – with the International Fight Week billed UFC 290 event booked for the T-Mobile Arena.
“Yeah, they [the UFC] told me, July,” Stipe Miocic said during an interview with the above-mentioned, Daniel Cormier ahead of UFC 285. “They said it – International Fight Week. That’s what I was told, so.”
During his first reign as undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, Miocic managed to land an impressive run of three successful title defenses, defeating Alistair Overeem with a first round KO in his native Ohio, before avenging a loss to former champion, Junior dos Santos in 2017.
In his first matchup with the then-promotional-perfect, Ngannou at UFC 220 in January 2018, Miocic managed to secure a unanimous decision win over the Cameroonian knockout artist.