Stipe Miocic is hit with two-month medical suspension after stunning defeat at UFC 260 by Francis Ngannou, who is also out for 30 days following knockout win in Las Vegas
- Stipe Miocic was knocked out in the second round at UFC 260 in Las Vegas
- He was taken straight to hospital following after Francis Ngannou’s victory
- The 38-year-old is suspended until 27 May, with no contact allowed until 12 May
- Ngannou was also handed a 30-day suspension, meaning no fights until 27 April
Defeated MMA star Stipe Miocic is facing two months on the sidelines through a medical suspension following his brutal defeat to Francis Ngannou.
Miocic was knocked out in the second round at UFC 260 in Las Vegas on Saturday by Ngannou and following his loss he was taken straight to hospital.
Now the 38-year-old has been handed a 60-day suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission due to the damage he received during the fight, which was ended by Ngannou’s left hook and a subsequent blow to the throat.
Stipe Miocic (left) has received a two-month medical suspension following his brutal defeat to Francis Ngannou (right)
Miocic was knocked out in the second round at UFC 260 as Ngannou emerged victorious
Miocic – whose defeat signalled a changing of the guard in the top division – is therefore suspended until 27 May, with no contact allowed until 12 May.
The victorious Ngannou was also handed a 30-day suspension, meaning he is suspended until 27 April and no contact permitted before 18 April.
A total of 16 fighters – including Vicente Luque and Thomas Almeida – were suspended on the card which included no fewer than 10 bouts.
Cameroonian Ngannou became the third African-born champion among current UFC fighters at the pay-per-view event at UFC APEX.
But the Cameroonian was also hit with a 30-day suspension following his win in Las Vegas
But for commentator Joe Rogan, his victory could see MMA heavyweight legend Miocic retire.
Miocic – whose wife confirmed after the fight he was ‘alright’ – is now 38 and has had a professional MMA career spanning more than 11 years, with his record currently 20-4.
‘It could be the end of a long and storied career,’ Rogan said, shortly after the main event in the post-fight show.
‘It’s entirely up to him. I’m sure he’s gonna take some time and rest and think things through.
‘But what a career the man has had. Very underappreciated, beaten legends.
Miocic could now call time on his distinguished career, says commentator Joe Rogan
‘But I think he ran into an unstoppable force tonight. When you have a guy like Francis who is a one-in-a-million physical specimen, maybe one in 80 million, right?’
UFC president Dana White however stated he does not know what the future could hold for Miocic.
‘I don’t know what the future holds for Stipe,’ White said in his post-fight press conference.
‘Obviously after this fight, he’s gotta go home and heal up, spend some time with his family and we’ll talk about what’s next.’
Vicente Luque (left) and Thomas Almeida (right) were two of the 16 fighters suspended following UFC 260
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