Stipe Miocic has issued his first public comments on the tragic death of Francis Ngannou’s son

Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic sends heartfelt message to two-time rival Francis Ngannou after tragic loss of his son.

Miocic hasn’t fought since a knockout loss to Ngannou for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 260. Since then, he’s waited a full year-plus for current titleholder Jon Jones, who he’s expected to face later this year.

Miocic and Ngannou have fought twice, splitting the two matchups. He defeated Ngannou by unanimous decision at UFC 220 in what was at the time his third consecutive successful title defense.

Francis Ngannou remembered the first fight of Stipe Miocic and told about his mistakes.

After his back-to-back boxing fights in recent months, Francis Ngannou experienced an unimaginable tragedy. His young son, 15-month-old Kobe, passed away due to undisclosed reasons.

While Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou’s fights were fiercely competitive, their careers will be linked forever, and Miocic sent a classy message to Ngannou.

Stipe Miocic sends classy message to Francis Ngannou after son’s death

During a recent interview with CBS Sports‘ Shakiel Mahjouri, Stipe Miocic reacted to Francis Ngannou’s son’s death.

“That’s terrible, I wish him nothing but the best. I don’t even want to talk about it, really, because I have two kids of my own,” Miocic said. “Gives me anxiety thinking about it, I feel terrible for him. I don’t know what he’s going through…but I’m with him. Thoughts and prayers are with him.”

Francis Ngannou hasn’t fought since a loss to Anthony Joshua in the boxing ring in March. He signed with the Professional Fighters League last year after a long contract dispute with the UFC.

Francis Ngannou’s timeframe for a return to fighting is uncertain, although he’s publically said this next fight is dedicated to his son. He could potentially return to MMA after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus.

Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou enjoyed one of the biggest rivalries in UFC heavyweight history with each man earning one win apiece. In and out of the cage, the respect between them remains palpable.

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