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Exactly how good was Stipe Miocic so far ?!



Exactly How Good Was Stipe Miocic So Far ?!

Stipe Miocic was born and raised in Euclid, Ohio. Since he was little, his mother encouraged him to participate in sports. Miocic played baseball and football and wrestled while at Eastlake North High School. Miocic began his MMA career by winning his first six fights by knockout. He initially wrestled for NAAFS (an Ohio-based MMA promotion), where he won the NAAFS Heavyweight Championship. On June 14, 2011, it was announced that Miocic had signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Miocic made his UFC debut against Joey Beltran on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136 and won the fight by unanimous decision. Miocic faced Phil De Fries on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. Miocic won the fight by knockout in the first round, and in the process won a “Knockout of the Night” award. Miocic faced promotional newcomer Shane del Rosario on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. He won by TKO (elbows) in the second round. Miocic faced Stefan Struve on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5. He lost the fight by TKO in the second round. The performance earned both contestants “Fight of the Night” honors. Miocic then faced Roy Nelson at UFC 161. Miocic, as a significant underdog in the stakes, defeated Nelson by unanimous decision. Miocic then faced Gabriel Gonzaga on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10. He won the fight by unanimous decision. On May 5, 2014, dos Santos withdrew from the fight, citing a hand injury and was replaced by Fabio Maldonado. Miocic won the fight by TKO due to punches early in the first round and also received a “Performance of the Night” bonus. A rescheduled fight with dos Santos eventually took place as the main event in UFC on Fox 13 on December 13, 2014. Miocic lost the fight back and forth by unanimous decision. Miocic faced Mark Hunt on May 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65. Miocic won the one-sided fight by TKO in the fifth round. Miocic set a UFC record for the most strikes landed in a fight and the largest strike margin. Miocic faced Andrei Arlovski in a title eliminator on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195. Miocic defeated Arlovski by TKO at 0:54 in the first round. The victory also earned him his second bonus “Performance of the Night” award. He is widely regarded by critics, commentators, and the media as the greatest UFC heavyweight fighter of all time. As of August 9, 2021, he is ranked No. 2 on the UFC heavyweight rankings and, as of May 17, 2021, he is No. 8 on the UFC men’s pound-for-pound ranking. Having successfully defended his title four times during his two reigns, he holds the record for the most heavyweight title fight victories along with the longest title defense streak in the heavyweight division, with three consecutive defenses. Miocic holds the record for fight night bonus awards with nine, the most in the history of the UFC heavyweight division. A former Golden Gloves boxing champion and NCAA Division I fighter at Cleveland State University, Miocic’s strengths are his combination of high-level boxing skill and advanced fighting. All images courtesy of Getty Images. DONATE: Commercial inquiries: [email protected]