Sunday, 18 August 2019

Stipe Miocic Stuns Daniel Cormier to Become UFC Heavyweight Champion!

August 18, 2019 - The 36-year-old Croatian-American Stipe Miocic defeated 40-year-old American Daniel Cormier by a knockout in the fourth round of the UFC 241 fight held in Anaheim, California. Stipe has thus won sweet revenge on Cormier and is bringing back the UFC Heavyweight Champion title to Ohio after he lost it to Cormier in Las Vegas 13 months ago.

HRT reports that the fight between Miocic and Cormier lasted more than 19 minutes, in which the title defender had more significant blows (123-98). It seemed that until the decisive moment in the fourth round, Cormier would be the one to take home the victory.

Although Stipe received almost twice as many blows by the fourth round, and most of them in the head, he did not kneel and refused to give up against the world champion. 

In the fourth of grueling combat, Miocic changed his tactics and began to use more blows to the body of his rival. At the beginning of the fifth minute of the fourth round, Miocic hit Cormier with a hook, which was followed by another body shot that visibly weakened the American fighter. Miocic then punched at the liver, pushed Cormier to the fence, and stunned him with a hit to the head and several punches at the left and right for a brutal knockout to end the fight. 

Almost in the same way, just before the end of the first round, Cormier snagged the world title from Miocic 13 months ago in Las Vegas. The Croatian-American fighter has not entered the ring since then, waiting for the opportunity for a rematch. Not only did Stipe get the fight, but he used it to regain his belt, and probably sent the 40-year-old Cormier into retirement.

Until his defeat to Miocic, the former US wrestler was the only undefeated UFC heavyweight champion. But in Anaheim, the tradition continues in UFC heavyweight title fights. Namely, in this Californian city, no heavyweight in history has managed to defend the title, and Cormier became the fourth to lose the belt.

Miocic is not only the UFC Heavyweight champion once again, but he has defended his title more than anyone else in UFC heavyweight history. Recall, Miocic has defended his belt against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, and Francis Ngannou.

On Saturday night in Anaheim, not only did Stipe win back his heavyweight title, but he also earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Stipe Miocic Ahead of Cormier Fight: Croats, Your Support Means Everything to Me

August 17, 2019 - Stipe Miocic is fighting for the UFC Heavyweight Championship title against Daniel Cormier on Saturday, August 17, at the UFC 241 in Anaheim. The spectacle kicks off on Sunday at 6:00 am Croatian time. 

The famous mixed martial artist with Croatian roots has finally been given a rematch against the American, who knocked him out in the first round last July in Las Vegas. The eventual victory at the UFC 241 would lead to Stipe's fifth title, which would further solidify his status as the best heavyweight in UFC history.

Amidst the craziness before the big UFC spectacle, Stipe telephoned from Anaheim, the Californian city where he has the chance to make history. 

"I'm glad you are coming, it's always nice to have someone from Croatia in the hall," Stipe said after the opening address.

The favorite Croatian fighter learned back in May that he would again fight Cormier for the highly anticipated rematch.

"I'm feeling much better now than last time. I've had great training, I've surrounded myself with the best people, and I'm fully prepared for Saturday. Cormier is a dangerous guy, but I'm even more dangerous and I have no doubt about my victory. I know everything I did wrong last time against him, but I'll keep it to myself. Basically, I have to take a lot more care of myself, keep my distance and keep an eye on my hands,” said Miocic.

The bookies, however, do not share Stipe’s opinion, as the odds on his win drop as the fight nears.

"Let go of the bookies; they are there to tear you down!” Stipe expressed. 

The most anticipated fight this year will be watched by thousands of Croats who will rise early in the morning to support Miocic.

"I may sound like a broken record, but you have no idea how much support from Croatia means to me. You know, not every fighter has the luxury of me to be cheered on at the other end of the world by a whole country where he was not born. But I feel like a Croat, and I'm proud of my roots. I get a lot of support messages from Croatia, and it's a really wonderful feeling. The Croats are amazing. I hear from Cro Cop here and there, and he wished me luck,” Stipe said and continued:

"Of course, I also partly feel like a Croat. I talk a lot with my father about Croatia, and I also know some things in Croatian. I understand more than I can speak, so it is wise that we have this conversation in English, haha. I was in Croatia and was delighted and I will definitely come again. My daughter is still young, but she and I will learn Croatian together."

When he's not up against the toughest guys in the world, Miocic is a firefighter in Ohio, a job that is highly regarded in Croatia. It is a job he intends to continue to pursue after completing his career. Index wondered if this would be Stipe’s last fight.

"Don't worry. I'm definitely winning. Hello to everyone in Croatia!"

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

ESPN Visits UFC Heavyweight Stipe Miocic on 24-hour Firehouse Shift

August 15, 2019 - ESPN gives us a look into 24 hours with Croatian-American mixed martial artist Stipe Miocic. 

We’ve officially begun the countdown to the martial arts spectacle of the year - the rematch of Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. And while Cormier is especially active on social media leading up to the fight, Miocic is quiet, only briefly stating that ”the belt will be mine again."

However, Miocic has found in a place in the spotlight thanks to ESPN, who gave their readers a closer look into the Croatian-American’s life in a piece titled ‘Inside a 24-hour firehouse shift with UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic’ on August 13, 2019. 

ESPN visited the UFC heavyweight at his part-time job where he is a firefighter at the Valley View Fire Department in Ohio. Miocic was just about to begin a 24-hour shift. 

“The smell of pain-relief cream wafts in from the room where Miocic is changing. He says he's a bit ‘worn out’. He has been in training camp for two months, juggling mixed martial arts training five or six days per week with three firehouse shifts per week. He trains sometimes twice daily, and those firehouse shifts are 12 or 24 hours apiece. This is his last one before he will celebrate his daughter Meelah's first birthday and start to focus full time on trying to reclaim the UFC title he lost to Cormier in July 2018,” writes ESPN. 

“Miocic's name is spelled incorrectly -- ‘Moicic; -- on his fire jacket, and he has never cared enough to get it changed. For the UFC, he's a headliner on the marquee, one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. At the station, spelling his name right isn't even a priority,” they continue. 

ESPN follows Miocic as he begins his shift, and delves into the mixed martial artist’s life from his proud Uber rating to what it's like at home with wife Rochelle and their 6-year-old daughter, Savannah. 

"I just tell people I'm a firefighter," Miocic says. "I'm not looking for any acknowledgment."

You can read the full article on ESPN

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Stipe Miocic Getting Rematch He's Been Waiting for Against Daniel Cormier

Stipe Miocic will have the chance to wear the UFC Heavyweight Champion belt once again. 

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Stipe Miocic: From Firefighter to UFC Fighter (PHOTOS)

The three-time UFC heavyweight champion is considered to be the best heavyweight mixed martial artist in UFC history.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Stipe Miočić to Defend UFC Heavyweight Championship Title in Las Vegas

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Stipe Miočić will defend his UFC heavyweight championship title against Daniel Cormier.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Miočić Receives Fierce Opponent in UFC Match of the Year

Croatian MMA fighter Stipe Miočić will thus defend his title for the second time a year after he clinched it in Brazil against Fabricio Werdum

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Taking a Closer Look at UFC Heavyweight World Champion Stipe Miocic

It has been quite a year for UFC World Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic - TCN's Steve Rukavina takes a closer look on December 14, 2016.

Friday, 8 January 2016

UFC is Coming to Croatia, First Fight in April

Could one of the fighters be Stipe Miočić?

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