Stipe Miocic gets two months medical suspension after stunning defeat at UFC 260 by Francis Ngannou, who is also out 30 days after knockout win in Las Vegas
- Stipe Miocic was eliminated in the second round at UFC 260 in Las Vegas
- After Francis Ngannou’s victory, he was immediately taken to hospital
- The 38-year-old is suspended until May 27, contact is not allowed until May 12
- Ngannou was also given a 30-day suspension, meaning there will be no fighting until April 27
Defeated MMA star Stipe Miocic has been sidelined for two months due to a medical suspension following his brutal defeat to Francis Ngannou.
Miocic was eliminated by Ngannou in the second round at UFC 260 in Las Vegas on Saturday and was immediately taken to hospital after his loss.
Now, the 38-year-old has been given a 60-day suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for the damage he sustained in the fight, which was ended by Ngannou’s left hook and a subsequent blow to the throat.
Stipe Miocic (left) has been given a two-month medical suspension after his brutal defeat to Francis Ngannou (right)
Miocic was eliminated in the second round at UFC 260 when Ngannou took the win
Miocic – whose defeat meant a changing of the guards in the top division – is therefore suspended until May 27, and contact is not allowed until May 12.
The victorious Ngannou was also given a 30-day suspension, meaning he will be suspended until April 27 and no contact is allowed before April 18.
A total of 16 fighters – including Vicente Luque and Thomas Almeida – were suspended from the card, which included no less 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 by a 30-day suspension after his Las Vegas win
But for commentator Joe Rogan, his win could mean retiring MMA heavyweight legend Miocic.
Miocic – whose wife confirmed after the fight that he was ‘okay’ – 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 on the post-fight show.
‘It’s completely up to him. I am sure he will take some time and rest and think carefully.
‘But what a career the man has had. Very underrated, defeated legends.
Miocic could now call on his distinguished career, commentator Joe Rogan said
“But I think he ran into an unstoppable force tonight. If you have a guy like Francis who is a one in a million physical specimen, maybe one in 80 million, right? ‘
However, UFC president Dana White stated that she did not know what the future might hold for Miocic.
“I don’t know what the future holds for Stipe,” White said at his post-fight press conference.
“Obviously, after this fight, he needs to go home to heal, spend some time with his family, and we’ll talk about what’s next.”
Vicente Luque (left) and Thomas Almeida (right) were two of 16 fighters suspended after UFC 260