Stipe Miocic

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Stipe Miocic
Stipe Miocic in Cleveland on October 26, 2016 (cropped).jpg
Born Stipe Miocic
(1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 35)
Euclid, Ohio, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 246 lb (112 kg; 17 st 8 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 80.0 in (203 cm)[2]
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Independence, Ohio, U.S.
Team Strong Style Fight Team[3]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling, 2003[4]
Years active 2010–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 17
By knockout 13
By submission 1
By decision 3
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By decision 1
University Cleveland State University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Stipe Miocic (/ˈstp miˈɪ/;[6] born August 19, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion. He has defended this championship twice, tying the record with Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.[7] As of November 2017, he is ranked #6 pound-for-pound in the UFC.[8]

Early life

Stipe Miocic was born and raised in Euclid, Ohio to Croatian parents. Miocic played baseball, football and wrestled while at Eastlake North High School.[9] Miocic received interest from Major League Baseball teams during his collegiate years at Cleveland State University and Trevecca Nazarene University.[10]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

With a background of being a Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion and NCAA Division I wrestler at Cleveland State, Miocic began his MMA career by winning his first five fights by knockout. He then fought for NAAFS (an Ohio-based MMA promotion), where he won the NAAFS Heavyweight Championship by defeating Bobby Brents by submission after delivering numerous strong leg kicks.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

On June 14, 2011, it was announced that Miocic had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.[11]

Miocic made his UFC debut against Joey Beltran on October 8, 2011, at UFC 136 and won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).[12]

Miocic faced Phil De Fries on February 15, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger.[13] Miocic won the fight via first-round KO, 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.[14] He won via TKO (elbows) in the second round.

Miocic faced Stefan Struve on September 29, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[15] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[16] The performance earned both participants "Fight of the Night" honors.[17]

Miocic was scheduled to face returning veteran Soa Palelei on June 15, 2013, at UFC 161.[18] After an injury to UFC 161 headliner Renan Barao, the card was slightly reshuffled. Miocic was paired with Roy Nelson.[19] Miocic defeated Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Miocic faced Gabriel Gonzaga on January 25, 2014, at UFC on Fox 10.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Miocic was expected to face Junior dos Santos on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173.[21] However, the bout was shifted a bit and was expected take place a week later on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[22] On May 5, 2014, dos Santos pulled out of the fight, citing a hand injury[23] and was replaced by Fábio Maldonado.[24] Miocic won the fight by TKO due to punches early in the first round and received a "Performance of the Night" bonus as well.[25][26]

A rescheduled bout with dos Santos eventually took place as the main event at UFC on Fox 13 on December 13, 2014.[27] Miocic lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[28] The performance earned both participants "Fight of the Night" honors.[29]

Miocic faced Mark Hunt on May 10, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 65.[30] Miocic won the one-sided fight via TKO in the fifth round.[31][32] Miocic set a UFC record for the most strikes landed in a fight, outlanding Hunt 361 - 48 over the duration of the bout.[33]

Miocic was expected to face Ben Rothwell on October 24, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 76.[34] However, Miocic pulled out of the fight on October 13 citing injury.[35] Subsequently, Rothwell was removed from the card the following day after the promotion deemed that a suitable opponent could not be arranged on short notice.[36] In turn, Miocic was quickly rebooked and faced Andrei Arlovski in a title eliminator on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195.[37] Miocic defeated Arlovski via TKO at 0:54 in the first round.[38] The win also earned him his second "Performance of the Night" bonus award.[39]

Miocic was briefly scheduled to replace the injured Cain Velasquez and fight Fabricio Werdum for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on February 6 at UFC Fight Night 82.[40] On January 25, the day after this announcement, Werdum pulled out of the fight with a back injury scrapping the fight.[41]

UFC Heavyweight Championship

Miocic eventually faced Werdum at UFC 198 on May 14, 2016.[42] He caught Werdum with a short right hook counter while backpedaling away from a flurry of punches in the first round, earning the championship and giving Werdum his first defeat since June 2011.[43] He was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[44]

On September 10, 2016, Miocic made his first title defense at UFC 203 against Alistair Overeem.[45] Although he got knocked down early in the fight, he came back quickly and won via knockout in the first round.[46] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[47]

Miocic made his second title defense against Junior dos Santos on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211 in a rematch.[48] Dos Santos previously beat Miocic by a close unanimous decision at UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic in 2014. However, this time Miocic started strong and took control of the octagon early. Despite taking hard kicks to the shin, Miocic landed powerful punches with devastating accuracy to drop dos Santos, he then followed up with ground and pound to win the fight via TKO midway through the first round. The win also earned Miocic his fourth Performance of the Night bonus award.[49] He is now tied for the most consecutive UFC Heavyweight Championship defenses (two).[50]

Personal life

Miocic works as a firefighter and EMT in Oakwood and Valley View, Ohio.[51] By September 1985, Miocic's parents had divorced and his father had returned to Croatia.[52] Miocic played collegiate baseball and wrestled for NCAA Division I Cleveland State University. He married Ryan Marie Carney on June 18, 2016[53] at the Divine Word Catholic Church in Kirtland, Ohio.[54]

Titles and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–2 Junior dos Santos TKO (punches) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 1 2:22 Dallas, Texas, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 16–2 Alistair Overeem KO (punches) UFC 203 September 10, 2016 1 4:27 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 15–2 Fabrício Werdum KO (punch) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 1 2:47 Curitiba, Brazil Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 14–2 Andrei Arlovski TKO (punches) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 1 0:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–2 Mark Hunt TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt May 10, 2015 5 2:47 Adelaide, Australia
Loss 12–2 Junior dos Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 5 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–1 Fábio Maldonado TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado May 31, 2014 1 0:35 São Paulo, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 11–1 Gabriel Gonzaga Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 10–1 Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC 161 June 15, 2013 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 9–1 Stefan Struve TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic September 29, 2012 2 3:50 Nottingham, England Fight of the Night.
Win 9–0 Shane del Rosario TKO (elbows) UFC 146 May 26, 2012 2 3:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Philip De Fries KO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 1 0:43 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 7–0 Joey Beltran Decision (unanimous) UFC 136 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 6–0 Bobby Brents Submission (leg kicks) NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats 7 June 4, 2011 2 4:27 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Won the NAAFS Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 William Penn KO (punch) NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 9 April 16, 2011 1 2:23 Cleveland, Ohio, United States NAAFS Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 4–0 Gregory Maynard TKO (punches) NAAFS: Night of Champions 2010 December 4, 2010 2 1:43 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 3–0 Jeremy Holm KO (punches) NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 4 August 28, 2010 1 1:36 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 2–0 Paul Barry TKO (punches) Moosin: God of Martial Arts May 21, 2010 2 1:32 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Corey Mullis TKO (punches) NAAFS: Caged Fury 9 February 20, 2010 1 0:17 Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Pay-per-view bouts

Date Event Buyrate Attendance
May 16, 2016 UFC 198 217,000 45,207
September 10, 2016 UFC 203 450,000 18,875
May 13, 2017 UFC 211 300,000 17,834

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • Professional MMA record for Stipe Miocic from Sherdog
  • "Stipe Miocic". 
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Fabrício Werdum
19th UFC Heavyweight Champion
May 14th, 2016 –Present
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