‘I wish Francis wasn’t gone’

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is sad to see one of his biggest, if not biggest, matchup walk away.

Miocic was not happy to see Francis Ngannou turn down a contract renewal and walk away from the UFC. Ngannou, the undisputed heavyweight champion, was stripped, and a vacant title fight between Jon Jones and Cyril Gane was set for UFC 285 in March.

Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) is 1-1 against Ngannou and was hoping to get a trilogy bout and settle the series. The chances of that happening have been greatly reduced by Ngannou’s departure.

“I wish Francis wasn’t gone,” Miocic told Ariel Helwani. “I would love to fight Francis again, but that’s not going to happen.

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Ngannou believed that he was not getting a fair shake regarding his contract, and for several reasons, he walked away from the UFC. Although Miocic wishes that wasn’t the case, he won’t judge Ngannou’s decision.

“It’s his decision,” Miocic said. I’d rather he stayed, because I’d like another crack at it, you know. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way, but he does what’s best for himself and his family. He thinks this is the right way to go, and that’s his decision. I wish him nothing but the best and I hope it works out.”

Story first appeared on MMA Junkie

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