Following his impressive, decision win over Roy Nelson at UFC 161, Stipe Miocic is the promotion’s #9 ranked heavyweight and is looking to score another big win. As a result, Miocic relayed earlier this week that’s hoping to fight Gabriel Gonzaga next, who bombed out Shawn Jordan at UFC 166 and is 4-1 in his last five scraps.
While on paper it looks like a bout that makes a lot of sense, it wasn’t known whether Gonzaga was on board, until now. Here’s what the fighter’s manager Marco Alvan had to say about the proposed match-up to MMA Fighting.com:
“We are interested in any fight the UFC offers, and Stipe Miocic is a great fighter,” Alvan said. “He’s well ranked in the UFC, he’s coming off a great win over Roy Nelson, and that fight makes sense for Gonzaga right now. It would be a great opportunity to get Gonzaga closer to the Top 5, and that’s what he wants.”
Considering nearly all of the promotion’s top ten heavyweights are also booked for fights, the UFC will likely take a long look at signing the match-up. Alvan also offered this take on how Gonzaga would approach the fight:
“Stipe is a great fighter, we all know that, and he would be a great challenge, but Gonzaga has fought some of the best for a long time,” Alva said about “Napao”, who KO’d Dave Herman before fighting Jordan. “Gonzaga believes in his striking and he would go there to try to knock him out. Gonzaga hits harder and has everything to add another knockout to his record.”
It’s definitely an intriguing bout; now it just remains to be seen if it happens. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.