Going into 2020 one particular of my huge predictions was that reigning UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would retire from MMA. The circumstances leading up to that retirement did not drop in line with my prediction, but it did in point take place when Nurmagomedov announced he was carried out with the activity at UFC 254 in Oct.
Now, I’m going to guess that yet another man who at present owns a UFC belt is likely to make his exit from the game in 2021, and that person is reigning heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic.
Miocic has stated quite a few situations that he’s contemplated retirement after each individual combat in the UFC since of the mental and actual physical worry it provides. He’s always appear back for additional, however.
At 38, nevertheless, and with 2021 probably bringing some fights that would place the fantastic bow on Miocic’s job, it’s totally attainable the coming 12 months could be the closing extend for the controversial heavyweight GOAT. It is just a make any difference of if he can go out on best.
Miocic is looking at a rematch with feared ability-puncher Francis Ngannou in the to start with quarter of the yr. A reduction could spell the close – or it’s possible set up a trilogy. If he manages to beat Ngannou all over again, the greatest combat of Miocic’s career will be waiting around from Jon Jones, who is shifting up to heavyweight.
If the conditions aligned for Miocic vs. Jones, there would be no superior way to end his vocation. If Miocic dropped, that would be a conceivable final moment, as well.
There are numerous avenues in participate in for Miocic in the coming calendar year, but quite a few of guide to very similar conclusion position.