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UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic not planning to return until contract ironed out

Stipe Miocic will not be defending his UFC heavyweight title until his contract has been amended.

UFC 211: Miocic v Dos Santos 2 Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Stipe Miocic is on track to becoming the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, but the 34-year-old isn’t returning to the Octagon until his contract issues are sorted, according to his management team.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reports that Miocic, a part-time firefighter, is not happy about earning less than his heavyweight challengers. Back in January, the knockout artist hinted that he would be meeting with the UFC to negotiate a new contract, but things haven’t come to fruition.

“It definitely should change,” Miocic said about his contract on The MMA Hour earlier this year. “But the fact that (Alistair Overeem) made more money than me in my last fight was just kind of a slap in the face.

“[It’s] terrible,” he added. “Things definitely need to be changed. Something’s gotta change. It’s not really fair.”

Miocic, the current champion, knocked out Overeem in the first round and went on to KO former champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 211. The Ohio talent is now tied for the most heavyweight title defenses in the promotion’s history and was reportedly looking to break the record against former two-time champ Cain Velasquez in the fall.

That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, however, as Miocic’s management claim that he’s not willing to fight Velasquez until his contract has been amended.

Bloody Elbow will keep you updated as the story develops.

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