Stipe Miocic Knows He Can’t Let Jon Jones ‘Dictate’ Where The Fight Goes, Uncertain If This Is His Last

Miocic is set to fight Jones on Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden.

Stipe Miocic
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Stipe Miocic knows beating Jon Jones won’t be easy.

Miocic has a chance to reclaim his heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 295 as Jones looks to defend his heavyweight title against the former champ, Miocic. It is a massive fight and one that Jones opened as the betting favorite. However, Miocic says he doesn’t care about that, and instead is just focused on doing what he does best and if he does that in the fight, he knows he can get his hand raised.

“Every fight you feel threatened because it’s a fight and you don’t know what’s going to happen. At the same time though, I train my ass off to prepare myself for every situation,” Miocic said to Michael Bisping. “I listen to my coaches and I’m not going to let him dictate what he wants to do. I’m going to do what I want, because the minute I let him do what he wants, I lost the fight. But, if I do what I want, my chances are a lot better of winning than losing.”

‘I’ll be 245, 250 for the Fight’

Entering the fight, Stipe Miocic says the layoff won’t have any impact on him. Instead, he says he has been training the entire time and has actually added some size ahead of the fight.

However, Jon Jones showed off his new frame against Ciryl Gane, but Miocic isn’t sure what weight Jones will come in for this one. But, no matter what weight Jones weighs in, Miocic is confident he has all the tools to get his hand raised.

“I’m probably 245 right now. My body will adjust, it’s been hot so I’ve been sweating more, but I’ll be 245, 250 for the fight… I don’t know, every guy is different I do know when I was 230 I felt great, but I also definitely lost some mass,” Miocic explained.

Ultimately, the focus for Stipe Miocic is on November 11 and UFC 295. He knows the fight against Jon Jones will be tough, and also hints it could be his last, but he isn’t thinking of that for now.

“We will see. We are definitely getting closer to the end, there is no question about it, but I feel great… I’m not worried about that. Right now, I’m not worried about after, I’m worried about the present. November 11, that’s all I care about,” Miocic concluded.

Published on July 14, 2023 at 11:09 am
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