Stipe Miocic is Cleared to Fight Again, But Champ’s Unsure About Timeline For Daniel Cormier Bout
By FCF Staff
Stipe Miocic has confirmed he’s been cleared to resume sparring and to fight again. But, the UFC’s heavyweight champ is not sure when a third bout with Daniel Cormier will go down.
Due to the fact Miocic and Cormier hold wins over each other, the expectation is that a rubber match will be booked. Miocic avenged his 2018 loss to Cormier last August by stopping “DC” at UFC 241. Since then, however, he’s been sidelined with an eye injury.
While talking to the media recently about his recovery, and a timeline for his return, Miocic said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“(I’m) better – a lot better,” Miocic said. “It’s healed up. I’m taking my time with it because I’m 37, so I don’t want to injure it again. I want to be able to see out of both eyes when I get older. That’s all I really care about right now. I love fighting, but my health is more important.
“… (I was cleared) about a week ago. I’ve been trying to spar a little bit. It’s been rough because I’ve not sparred in over five months. The guys that I take it out on would take it out on me. It’s not been fun. I’m thinking about that in the back of my mind.”
“Not right now,” Miocic said, while discussing if he knows when a third bout with Cormier could happen. “I just got cleared. I’m taking my time getting back into the swing of things. We’ll figure it out and see what happens.”
Before Miocic (19-3) lost to Cormier in July, 2018, he had won six straight fights.