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Chael Sonnen Says Miocic Is Bulking Up For UFC Return

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Chael Sonnen claims that former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has bulked up during his time away from the Octagon.

The last time we saw Miocic (20-4, 14-4 UFC), it was at UFC 260 where he was vanquished by reigning champion Francis Ngannou. Many within the MMA community believed that size was a key factor leading to Ngannou’s success over the general consensus greatest heavyweight in UFC history. 

When Miocic stepped on the scale for his UFC 260 bout, he weighed in at 234 pounds, nearly 30 pounds less than Ngannou who weighed in at 263 pounds, two shy of the heavyweight limit. 

According to Sonnen, the ex-champ has been spending his time away from the cage building muscle and bulking up in anticipation of a return and a potential interim heavyweight title bout. 

“I got an inside scoop, I guarantee you guys haven’t heard this,” said Sonnen. You might remember Stipe Miocic, after Francis Ngannou, said I’m stopping everything and I’m putting on twenty pounds. Right? Twenty pounds of muscle is a very different Stipe. I just got the inside scoop, just talked to Stipe’s wife, Stipe is at 249. You’re welcome.”

While there has been no official announcement by the UFC, a heavyweight return against Jon Jones (26-1, 20-1 UFC) seems possible. Miocic and Jones have both commented on a potential bout, though talks cooled when ‘Bones’ made it known he intended to face the winner of Ngannous vs. Gane at UFC 270.

Ngannou retained his title against Ciryl Gane at the event, but ‘The Predator’ announced he will be undergoing knee surgery requiring 9-12 months of recovery. With Ngannou’s injury and UFC contract status up in the air, an interim title fight between Jones and Miocic makes a lot of sense. Jones himself even teased the matchup recently on social media.

“The greatest heavyweight of all time versus the greatest light heavyweight, who wants to see it? I’m game,” said Jones on Twitter.

Given the current status of the heavyweight division, do you think Jones vs. Miocic is the fight to make?

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