May 15, 2016: Cleveland’s Stipe Miocic Wins UFC Heavyweight Title!

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A Brief History

Last night on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil, heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Stipe Miocic stunned the Brazilian crowd by knocking out reigning UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum  early in the first round.

Digging Deeper

Werdum was defending his title for the first time and seemed over confident at the start of the fight, charging at Miocic and running into a short right that put the muscular Brazilian on the canvas, ending the fight when the referee quickly saw that Werdum was defenseless.

The poster for UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic.

The ecstatic 33 year old Miocic, hailing from a lifelong residence in the immediate area of Cleveland, Ohio proudly announced to the crowd and the television audience that the “Cleveland Curse” of not having a major champion (since 1964) was now over.

Born of Croatian immigrants, the clean cut and wholesome Miocic works as a firefighter and paramedic in suburban Oakwood Village and Valley View.  The 6’4” 241 pound Miocic is a lean heavyweight and played college baseball well enough (at the University of Alberta, Canada and Cleveland State University) to have major league interest in him.  His other college sports were (not surprisingly) wrestling and football.

Miocic in October 2016

An avid fan of Cleveland sports teams, Miocic was honored immediately after his victory on Twitter by the Browns and Indians.  Miocic also encouraged the Cavaliers to do their part and win the NBA championship, a realistic possibility this year.

With a professional MMA record of 15-2, Stipe’s only losses came at the hands of top notch heavyweights Junior dos Santos (former UFC champ) and Stefan Struve (7 feet tall and known as “Skyscraper”).   A member of Strong Style Fight Team, Miocic looks to successfully defend his title more than once, a true rarity in the volatile UFC Heavyweight Division.

Good job and Good Luck, Stipe!

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see the Professional MMA record for Stipe Miocic from Sherdog.


About Author

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.