UFC commentator Joe Rogan reckons retirement could be on the cards for Stipe Miocic following his brutal defeat to Francis Ngannou.
Miocic’s reign as heavyweight king came to an end at the hands of the Cameroonian in the main event of UFC 260 in Las Vegas.
The pride of Cleveland suffered a devastating second-round KO defeat to The Predator, who was crowned the UFC’s third African champion.
And at the age of 38, Rogan has doubts over Miocic staying in the fight game for much longer.
Speaking during the post-fight show, Rogan, 53, said: “It could be the end of a long and storied career.
“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.
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“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 eighty million, right?”
UFC chief Dana White is in the dark over the future of Miocic, who he recently claimed is the greatest heavyweight in the promotion’s history.
Speaking during the post-fight press conference, he said: “I don’t know what the future holds for Stipe.
“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.”
UFC 260 results
Francis Ngannou def. Stipe Miocic via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:52
Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 3:56
Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida via KO (punch) – Round 3, 3:52
Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worthy via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:46
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Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 1:11
Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Omar Morales def. Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marc-Andre Barriault def. Abu Azaitar via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:56