Stipe Miocic is calling out boxing champ Anthony Joshua again, and it actually makes sense

You can’t really blame Stipe Miocic. He’s the UFC heavyweight champ, he continually earns less than his peers, and he can’t seem to get the UFC to make him a contract offer he likes.

So what does he do? Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) calls out boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0 boxing). Again. And while it actually makes some degree of sense when you think about it, it’s also starting to get a little sad in a strange kind of way.

On the occasion of Wladimir Klitschko’s retirement, the UFC champ jumped on Twitter on Thursday morning in another attempt to bait Joshua into a crossover fight:

He tried a similar tactic back in May – when the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight moved closer to being a reality – and was summarily dismissed by Joshua.

Undaunted, now Miocic is at it again, which is where it starts to get a little sad. You try to talk your way into a big-money fight once? That makes sense. You might as well give it a shot, right? But keep at it, and sooner or later you just look desperate.

The irony is, Miocic actually has a slightly better standing to request this fight than McGregor did to go after Mayweather. Miocic did some Golden Gloves boxing, which already puts him ahead of McGregor. He’s also challenging a fighter who only somewhat recently became the unified champion, as opposed to pitting himself against the best boxer in a generation.

Odds are that Miocic and McGregor will/would both lose when playing the other guys’ game, but Miocic would probably stand a slightly better chance.

Not that it matters, of course. Since the Mayweather-McGregor fight is and always has been more about hype than skill, the only thing that really matters is what sort of spotlight you bring. And Miocic? As good a fighter as he is, he’s probably not going to give Joshua any push that Joshua couldn’t give himself.

In other words, this is a longshot for Miocic. At least part of the reason he’s pushing for it is because he’s been so publicly unhappy with his UFC contract, and MMA fighters are everywhere are now looking over and seeing greener grass in the boxing pasture, which probably does not say anything positive about the pay scale in MMA.

And that’s the other thing, is that there’s a certain sadness in trying to follow in the exact footsteps of McGregor. Miocic doesn’t even have novelty value going for him here. He’s merely attempting to play follow-the-leader directly into a big payday that would likely still be smaller than McGregor’s.

Again, he has a logically better position from which to operate. Unlike McGregor, at least Miocic can say he’s defended his UFC belt, and almost a record-setting amount, considering how hard the UFC heavyweight strap has been to hold onto. Then again, this is the fight game. Logic doesn’t always count for much.

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