Stipe Miocic tells Jon Jones to wait his turn when it comes to a UFC heavyweight title fight

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August 17, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Stipe Miocic celebrates his championship victory by TKO against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UFC heavyweight great Stipe Miocic has his eyes set on a championship trilogy fight in 2022 and thinks Jon Jones needs to wait behind him in the contender line.

The MMA world hasn’t heard much from two-time heavyweight champion Miocic (20-4) since losing his belt to Francis Ngannou (16-3) in March. And the championship picture has chugged along without him as an interim title bout was made at UFC 265 in August, and a unification matchup is set for UFC 270 in February between Ngannou and interim titlist Ciryl Gane (10-0).

In one of the few interviews the division GOAT has done since the defeat, Miocic admitted frustration in not being asked to compete in the interim title fight that took place in August between Gane and Derrick Lewis.

“It does bother me because I wish they would have at least came to me, even if I wasn’t able to do it, I would have loved to be given the opportunity. I think I deserved it, but I’m not going to b*tch and moan about it,” Miocic told ESPN in August.

Stipe Miocic yearns for revenge in a trilogy fight with Francis Ngannou

If Miocic were offered next on the winner of Ngannou versus Gane, it would mean another year or more away before he returned to the Octagon. But that is just fine with the Ohio native because he is still very much focused on a revenge fight against “The Predator,” becoming the first-ever three-time UFC heavyweight champion and returning things to “normal.”

“I’ll fight anyone like I always say [but] I really want that trilogy fight. That [title] was mine. I want it back,” Miocic said during an appearance on The MMA Hour … Definitely get a trilogy [in 2022]. Get my shot back at the title. Get my belt back. Back to normal. Everything’s back to normal.”

The heavyweight GOAT says Jon Jones needs to wait his turn

Over the last year-plus, former light heavyweight king Jon Jones (26-1) and his shadow have loomed large over the division’s championship picture. The fighter viewed by many as one of the best to ever do it is in the midst of a strategic weight gain as he readies for a debut at heavyweight. Although there were rumblings of a possible matchup between Miocic and Jones several months ago, “Bones” has since made it clear he prefers to jump into a title fight straight away.

During his conversation on the popular podcast, the 39-year-old admitted he would be up for a clash of division GOATs, however, he is not okay with Jones jumping the contender line past him. And if the 205-pound great wants a championship opportunity, he can receive it when his turn comes.

“I’m down. I don’t think he wanted it. I don’t know the whole story but I’m down,” Miocic said about a possible fight with Jones. “Then he wants a title shot. I know he’s done well, he’s probably one of the greatest of all time but you’ve still got to wait your order. That’s like me going to light heavyweight and being like I want a shot.”

Does Miocic have a point and Jones should wait in line behind him, or as one of the best ever, “Bones” has the cache to skip over the other heavyweight contenders?

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