Stipe Miocic

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Stipe Miočić
Miočić at Cleveland Browns Stadium, 2014
Born Stipe Miočić
(1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 34)
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]
Style Boxing, Wrestling, Shoot Fighting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of Independence, Ohio
Team Strong Style Fight Team[3]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling, 2003[4]
Years active 2010–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 16
By knockout 12
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 Miočić (/ˈstp miˈɪ/;[6] born August 19, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist and the current UFC Heavyweight Champion.[7] He holds notable wins over Alistair Overeem, Fabrício Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga.

Early life[edit]

Stipe Miočić was born and raised in Euclid, Ohio to Croatian parents. Miocic played baseball, football and wrestled while at Eastlake North High School.[8] Miocic received interest from Major League Baseball teams during his collegiate years at Cleveland State University and Trevecca Nazarene University.[9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

On June 14, 2011, it was announced that Miocic had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.[10]

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).[11]

Miocic faced Phil De Fries on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger.[12] 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.[13] He won via TKO (elbows) in the second round.

Miocic faced Stefan Struve on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[14] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[15] The performance earned both participants "Fight of the Night" honors.[16]

Miocic was scheduled to face returning veteran Soa Palelei on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161.[17] After an injury to UFC 161 headliner Renan Barao, the card was slightly reshuffled. Miocic was paired with Roy Nelson.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] On May 5, 2014, dos Santos pulled out of the fight, citing a hand injury[22] and was replaced by Fábio Maldonado.[23] Miocic won the fight by TKO due to punches early in the first round and received a "Performance of the Night" bonus as well.[24][25]

A rescheduled bout with dos Santos eventually took place as the main event at UFC on Fox 13 on December 13, 2014.[26] Miocic lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[27] The performance earned both participants "Fight of the Night" honors.[28]

Miocic faced Mark Hunt on May 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[29] Miocic won the one-sided fight via TKO in the fifth round.[30][31] Miocic set a UFC record for the most strikes landed in a fight, outlanding Hunt 361 - 48 over the duration of the bout.[32]

Miocic was expected to face Ben Rothwell on October 24, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[33] However, Miocic pulled out of the fight on October 13 citing injury.[34] 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.[35] In turn, Miocic was quickly rebooked and faced Andrei Arlovski in a title eliminator on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195.[36] Miocic defeated Arlovski via TKO at 0:54 in the first round.[37] The win also earned him his second "Performance of the Night" bonus award.[38]

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.[39] On January 25, the day after this announcement, Werdum pulled out of the fight with a back injury scrapping the fight.[40]

UFC Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Miocic eventually faced Werdum at UFC 198 on May 14, 2016.[41] 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.[42] He was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[43]

On September 10, 2016, Miocic made his first title defense at UFC 203 against Alistair Overeem.[44] Although he got knocked down early in the fight, he came back quickly and won via knockout in the first round.[45] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[46]

Personal life[edit]

Miocic works as a firefighter and paramedic in Oakwood and Valley View, Ohio.[47]

By September 1985, Miocic's parents had divorced and his father had returned to Croatia.[48]

Miocic played collegiate baseball and wrestled for NCAA Division I Cleveland State University.

He married Ryan Marie Carney on June 18, 2016 in Parma, OH.

Titles and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 65 May 10, 2015 5 2:47 Adelaide, Australia
Loss 12–2 Junior dos Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox 13 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 May 31, 2014 1 0:35 São Paulo, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 11–1 Gabriel Gonzaga Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox 10 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 5 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 1 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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Stipe Miocic - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  3. ^ "After His Battle With Octagon Jitters, Stipe Miocic Eyes Chance to Shine". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ Mike Riordan (January 25, 2014). "UFC on Fox 10 Factgrinder: The Wrestling of Stipe Miocic". 
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  7. ^ "UFC Fighter Rankings". 2014-10-06. Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Chuck Yarborough (October 4, 2011). "Independence's Stipe Miocic eager for UFC debut Saturday in Houston". 
  9. ^ "World MMA Heavyweight Scouting Report: #5 - Stipe Miocic". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Stipe Miocic Signs Multi Fight Deal with UFC | NAAFS". 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  11. ^ Whitehead, Lee (July 20, 2011). "Joey Beltran Welcomes Octagon Rookie Stipe Miocic at UFC 136 in Houston". Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic added to UFC on FUEL TV 1". December 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ Pisha, Ken (April 24, 2012). "UFC 146 All-Heavyweight Main Card Remains Intact, Despite Facelift". Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic tapped UFC on FUEL TV 5 headliner in Nottingham". June 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Dave Doyle (2012-09-29). "UFC on Fuel TV 5 results: Stefan Struve stops Stipe Miocic". Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  16. ^ Staff (2012-09-29). "UFC on FUEL TV 5 bonuses: Pickett, Wiman, Struve, Miocic earn $40K awards". Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  17. ^ "Stipe Miocic meets newly signed Soa Palelei at UFC 161 in June heavyweight tilt". March 5, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic Added to UFC 161 Card". May 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ Staff (2013-11-20). "Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic added to UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago". Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  20. ^ Adam Hill (2014-03-03). "Dos Santos to fight Miocic at UFC 173". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  21. ^ mmajunkie staff (2014-04-07). "Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva shifts to UFC 175, dos Santos vs. Miocic headlines in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  22. ^ "Junior dos Santos out of TUF Brazil 3 Finale vs. Stipe Miocic with injured hand". staff. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  23. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-06). "Fabio Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic headlines TUF: Brazil 3 Finale card". Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
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  25. ^ Staff (2014-05-31). "TUF Brazil 3 Finale bonuses: Miocic, Alves, Souza, Eddiva win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
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  28. ^ Gene Mrosko (2014-12-13). "UFC on Fox 13 bonuses: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic fight earns $50K". Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  29. ^ Neil Rooke (2012-02-16). "Mark Hunt vs. Stipe Miocic to Headline UFC's Adelaide Debut". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  30. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Stipe Miocic finally stops Mark Hunt in fifth round". Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  31. ^ Damon Martin (2015-05-10). "Miocic brutalizes Hunt with most strikes in UFC history in fifth-round TKO". Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  32. ^ Staff (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 post-fight facts: Stipe Miocic's 361 total strikes set UFC record". Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  33. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-08-12). "Heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell targeted for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin". Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  34. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-10-13). "Stipe Miocic out of next week's UFC Fight Night 76 co-headliner with Ben Rothwell". Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  35. ^ Ariel Helwani (2015-10-14). "Ben Rothwell removed from next week's UFC Fight Night Dublin card". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  36. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2015-10-21). "Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic set for co-main event of UFC 195". Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  37. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Stipe Miocic tears through ex-champ Andrei Arlovski in 54 seconds". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  38. ^ Staff (2016-01-03). "UFC 195 bonuses: Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit win obvious 'Fight of Night' award". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
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  40. ^ Kevin Iole (2016-01-26). "With heavyweight title fight off, UFC 196 is shifted to Fox Sports 1". Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  41. ^ Marcelo Alonso (2016-02-22). "Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic to headline UFC 198 in Brazil". Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  42. ^ Matt Erickson (2016-05-15). "UFC 198 results: Stipe Miocic new heavyweight champ with 1-punch KO of Fabricio Werdum". Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  43. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 bonuses: Miocic, 'Jacare,' Trinaldo, Medeiros take home $50K". Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  44. ^ Danny Segura (2016-05-25). "Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem set for UFC 203 in Cleveland". Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  45. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-09-10). "UFC 203 results: Stipe Miocic wins thrilling brawl over Alistair Overeem". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  46. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-09-10). "UFC 203 bonuses: Miocic, Overeem, Andrade, Medeiros receive $50K". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
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Preceded by
Fabrício Werdum
19th UFC Heavyweight Champion
May 14th, 2016 –Present