Protecting its citizens and saving the lives of kittens, his name is Stipe Miocic and this firefighter is here to stay.
The Heavyweight belt is known to makes its way around the division but since the young reign of Stipe Miocic the belt may have found a home in Cleveland, Ohio. Stipe defeated Fabrico Werdum at UFC198 Brazil becoming the new UFC Heavyweight champion. This came to most people as a lucky punch and Werdum overwhelmed by his fellow Brazilians in his home country but that didn’t stop Miocic there, where he was matched up with Alistair Overeem in his hometown only to knock the former K-1 champion out. With a successful title defense it’s time we consider Stipe the real deal.
Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was unable to make a strong statement against Travis Browne at UFC 203. The fight was sloppy and very unorthodox in terms of incidents that took place during and after the fight. Although Werdum was victorious, President Dana White was not sold by his performance and implied Joe Silva has some work to do.
Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC), was also given the same task but an earlier date. Velasquez pummeled Browne, damaging him on the cage also controlling the octagon for majority of the first round. This was Cain’s first fight back since his long layoff from injury and it was one to be impressed about. The AKA combatant is poised to make a return to what he believes is rightfully his; the Heavyweight belt. Cain trains out of AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) where they hold the top UFC fighters; Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, Former Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Lightweight #1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Dana White has hinted that the title eliminator bout would be Velasquez versus Werdum 2. As it should, this fight makes the most sense and both fighters are at the forefront that said this fight would have to be set in early 2017 due to the array of matches being set already to close out the year.
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