Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic recently released his first statement following his knockout loss to Francis Ngannou, which cost him the UFC main event 260 pay-per-view (PPV) – and the 265-pound title – last Saturday. night (March 27, 2021) at the APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From Miocic’s Instagram page:
“First and foremost, I’m fine. I know that fall was not my most graceful fall, but I was unconscious, so it happens. To my friends and family fans, especially Croatia and Cleveland, I love you and I am sorry. I hate to let you down. To my team, thank you. I know you feel every loss as much as I do. We win as a family, we lose as a family. Losses are no fun, they always sting for a while, but that’s the beast of this business. You can’t win them all, and it’s important to understand that losing is just as much a part of sport (and life) as winning.
“Never forget that God will always put you where you are supposed to be at this precise moment. You can’t dwell on what you should have done better, but you can learn and improve and come back better prepared next time. Unfortunately, I strayed from the game plan. I felt good when I got to the second round, I saw that it was starting to go as planned. He was getting very short of breath and I arrived overzealous and unprotected. I was not in a good position to take the blow. He saw the opening and did what any great fighter would have done. It is my mistake that I accept, it will not happen again.
“Finally, I would like to congratulate Francis Ngannou and his team for a well-deserved victory. Saturday night was your night, enjoy your victory. For now, I will be enjoying some free time, spending time with my family and welcoming our son to the world this summer… stay tuned. God protects you. “
Miocic (20-4), who turns 39 in August, made no mention of a possible return in today’s statement, but with an 8-2 record in his last 10 fights and one of the best heavyweight resumes on the planet, we’re likely to see the former champion return later this year.
Despite what Joe Rogan thinks.