Former UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic just made a comment on ONE FC hinting of a potential change of promotion. This is not something new since there is a history with ONE FC and UFC fighters having a trade of rosters.
Many consider Stipe Miocic as the greatest UFC heavyweight champion, mainly because of his longest consecutive win and also the guys he has beaten to get there. He was also the guy that gave Francis Ngannou his first ever UFC loss. Now that he lost his belt, he might have thought that switching to ONE could give him a massive pay bump.
Not only that money is the motivation but Miocic also needs to think about his future, he is already getting old and fighting an improved Ngannou the third time could be dangerous for his health. Not that Miocic should be counted out but in their rematch, he wasn’t able to takedown Ngannou and we all know that striking with him would be a bad idea.
There was a scenario similar to this which is when Demetrious Johnson lost his belt to Henry Cejudo he was then traded to ONEFC for Ben Askren. Imagine breaking the record for most consecutive title defenses and to end up being traded after suffering a close split decision loss.
ONE FC heavyweight champion, Arjan Bhullar also responds to Miocic’s comments. It will potentially be a big fight as it will gauge on how good ONEFC fighters are. They have a different ruleset and also Mighty Mouse got knocked out so in terms of talent they are pretty good. Their weight cutting system is also different as they do hydration test, so it will be interesting what will happen.
Obviously Miocic is not happy with UFC’s matchmaking as he thinks it was unfair for him not to get a trilogy with Ngannou. When he was the champion, Daniel Cormier got the trilogy and it does not sit well with Miocic.