The agent to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic said he is “highly unlikely” to fight again this year as he recovers from an eye injury suffered against Daniel Cormier at UFC 241. Miocic won that fight in August by fourth-round knockout, but the injury may keep him from competing until at least 2020. The injury occurred when Cormier inadvertently poked Miocic in the eye during the rematch.

“I’ll be ready to fight when I can see out of both eyes again,” Miocic told Okamoto. “I can’t wait to defend my belt.”

His agent, Jim Walter said: “Mr. Miocic sustained a major retina injury from multiple eye pokes during his bout at UFC 241. Our client’s health and safety is our top priority. We are excited for him to return to action when he is healthy to compete in his seventh consecutive world title fight.”

Miocic likely out for rest of year with eye injury