10/11/2016 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With the ex-NFL star announcing he’s pursuing a career as a heavyweight MMA fighter, we went right to the top guy to get his take.
Long story short … Miocic says he’d beat Hardy down if they ever faced off in the Octagon — but says he’s not counting Hardy out as a fighter.
“Stranger things have happened,” Stipe said when asked if he thinks Hardy could be a contender.
“I wish nothing but the best for him. I hope he trains hard and gets better. And uh … we’ll see.”