Maybe it’s because Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey made the lighter weight classes and the women more captivating, but it feel like heavyweight king Stipe Miocic could fall off the face of the Earth and the world wouldn’t notice.
And it also seems like if that were to happen, Miocic wouldn’t even care.
Miocic, you see, is just as much a firefighter as a fighter, and when you juggle jobs like that, you have room to not give a crap if you resonate with fans. Which is fine, and sure, the heavy-handed slugger does have his fans. After wrecking Fabricio Werdum, punching Alistair Overeem into oblivion, and out-lasting top contender Francis Ngannou, who wouldn’t have some people cheering for him?
But the truth is, Miocic needs this main event superfight against light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 just as much as Cormier needs it. Otherwise, why would anyone even notice that he had a fight coming up?
I can almost remember a time when the heavyweights ruled all. Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez… those kings were loud of presence, if not words.
Today, we have Stipe Miocic. The silent king.