Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is still frustrated by the fact that he wasn’t offered a trilogy fight with Francis Ngannou after losing the belt to him back in March, but it’s still something he feels needs to happen in the not to distant future.
“I would have loved to have been asked,” Miocic said on The MMA Hour. “I feel like I understand what the UFC’s doing, it’s a business, but at the same time I think that I deserved a trilogy fight.
“I wasn’t even asked for the interim fight. Who knows if I would have taken it but just it would have been nice to be asked. Just toes in the water. I don’t know [if I would have taken it]. We don’t know. It’s over with.”
“Listen, I’m used to it,” he added. “It is what it is. It’s business. I get it but at the same time, I feel like I was deserving of a trilogy fight. Everyone else has gotten one but me.”
As for the possibility that his next fight could come against Jon Jones instead, it’s an idea that Miocic is willing to entertain, even if a third fight with Ngannou appears to be his No.1 choice.
“I’m down,” Miocic said of Jones. “I don’t think he wanted it. I don’t know the whole story but I’m down. Then he wants a title shot. I know he’s done well, he’s probably one of the greatest of all time but you’ve still got to wait your order. That’s like me going to light heavyweight and being like I want a shot.
“I’ll fight anyone like I always say [but] I really want that trilogy fight. That [title] was mine. I want it back. Definitely get a trilogy [in 2022]. Get my shot back at the title. Get my belt back. Back to normal. Everything’s back to normal.”