It seems UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic is content with standing by ideally, despite reports of a possible matchup against Cain Velasquez in October. The reason? His contract. Miocic previously expressed displeasure with his contract earlier this year after making less than Alistair Overeem in his first title defense late last year. After another 1st round stoppage over Junior dos Santos in May, and again making less than his challenger, his management said it’s time for a raise and Miocic himself isn’t willing to fight again until this issue is addressed. It’s hard to disagree.
Now may be the perfect time for Miocic to demand his raise. The Heavyweight division is practically in shambles with no imminent challenger to Miocic. He’s now beaten three of the four best Heavyweights in the world in three consecutive fights, all by finish in the 1st round. Prior to that he TKO’d Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. Velasquez could certainly be the guy to challenge Miocic, but injuries have derailed his once promising and dominant career. Francis Ngannou is the division’s rising star, but he’s still at least one fight away from a title shot as he faces a tough task in dos Santos which should answer the question on if he’s the real deal or not.
The UFC desperately needs to get this sorted. The division can’t afford for its champ to hold out.