Miocic wants Gonzaga next

Stipe Miocic knees 'Big Country' Roy Nelson
Stipe Miocic wants an opponent and his name is Gabriel Gonzaga.
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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2004. His work has been published in CNN, Bleacher Report, MMAWeekly.com, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He also co-hosts The Great Debate Radio MMA podcast, and has appeared on ESPN Radio and SportsNet Radio. Follow him on Twitter.


Stipe Miocic has his eyes on a heavyweight matchup for his next fight following weeks of rumored opponents that never panned out for the Ohio native.

He became a hot product after his blistering performance over Roy Nelson in June at UFC 161, but the revolving door of potential names has looked similar to the laundry list of quarterbacks his hometown Cleveland Browns have gone through this season. Most recently, Miocic's name was attached to a potential matchup against Travis Browne until he was shifted to a fight against Josh Barnett at UFC 168 instead.

So rather than sitting back and waiting for an opponent, Miocic and his management team have asked the UFC to match him up with Brazilian fighter Gabriel Gonzaga, fresh off a win over Shawn Jordan last weekend at UFC 166.

Ariel Helwani's "Inside The Octagon" report on UFC Tonight begins at the 02:50 mark in the video.

Gonzaga blasted through Jordan by knockout in the first round, marking his second straight finish in the UFC in less than two minutes time.

Miocic's camp believes that Gonzaga is a very intriguing matchup for them, and they've asked to get matched up with the 17 fight UFC veteran as soon as possible. Given Gonzaga's quick win over Jordan at UFC 166, a quick turn around for a fight against Miocic could easily fill an open spot on an upcoming UFC fight card.

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