Stipe Miocic Teases Return to Ring this Summer for Cormier Rematch

Daniela Rogulj

March 10, 2020 – In an interview with TMZ Sports, Stipe Miocic confirmed that he is very close to returning to the ring, after there has been much speculation of his retirement.

There has been a lot of talk in recent months that UFC Champion Stipe Miocic may be forced to retire due to an eye problem resulting from his last fight against Daniel Cormier. Recall that in the big rematch last summer, Miocic gained revenge and regained the title, though there were consequences, and he did have to undergo surgery.

Miocic has not been allowed to do any sparring in training for half a year to recover from his operation. However, in an interview with TMZ Sports, Stipe revealed that he is on the verge of returning to proper training in the gym and thus into the octagon for a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier.

“The eye is actually really good. It’s recovering and it’s getting better every day. I’ll be back in training,” Stipe said, revealing when he could return to the ring.

“Probably in the summer. A lot of stuff has already booked until then, so I’ll probably be back then.”

He also confirmed that the UFC will decide his rival, and organization president Dana White has said several times that a trilogy match is on the horizon. It could be Daniel Cormier’s last fight of his career.

“He will lose again,” Stipe said.

UFC 249 and 250 already have two major fights of the evening, three of which are for the title, so it makes sense to see Stipe the earliest at UFC 252 or even 253. UFC 251 is in Perth and takes place on June 6, 2020.

Thus, the Miocic and Cormier trilogy fight could be held on the night of July 11-12, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

You can watch the video on TMZ here.


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