UFC 241: The return of Stipe Miocic
Stipe Miocic is returning after over a year hiatus to throw down in a rematch at UFC 241 in the main event, against the man who took his title last year with a devastating knockout Daniel Cormier. Miocic is one of the more respectful fighters but Cormier has seemed to let a not so humble side of him out of the cage, with Miocic claiming that he may have caught him clean, but he beats Cormier 9 out of 10 times and that he just “got lucky”. That alone makes this a more interesting bout for you can see Cormier has Stipe’s undivided attention and an obsessed, motivated and in a way, crazed Stipe Miocic is surely a force to be reckoned with.
Boxing and Wrestling are what Miocic relies on most, being a former Golden Gloves and NCAA Division l Wrestler, Miocic is extremely well rounded. Not very often do you see a UFC heavyweight putting together combinations the way Stipe does, with phenomenal head movement and counter striking with the added stamina of a horse. Miocic is as top-level as it gets in the Heavyweight division having the most consecutive title defences at 3 and defeating absolute savages in the process.
He has an impressive record of 18-3-0 with a total of 14 KO/TKO’s out of 21 professional bouts making his KO/TKO percentage around 66 percent, some notable KO’s over the likes of Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. When taking on the former champion Fabricio Werdum, Stipe KO’d him in the first round with a sharp right hook while backpedalling. He then defended against Overeem who he also KO’d in the first, followed by Dos Santos who also met the same fate within the first round.
Eventually, he would face a man everyone was positive would be the one to not only dethrone him, but probably take his head off in the process Francis Ngannou, but that was not at all how that story played out. Stipe would go on to absolutely dominate Ngannou for 5 rounds winning a very one-sided decision. Miocic would eventually fall from the throne when defending against Cormier who caught him while breaking from a clinch with a right hand which would KO Miocic. Stipe would go on to protest an immediate rematch but would be put on the back burner for a while, but a recent falling out of Brock Lesnar put Miocic right back in the front to face Cormier for what he claims is still his.
When Stipe isn’t fighting, he is home in Ohio taking care of his newborn daughter and wife, also taking part in a courageous job being a Fireman/Paramedic. The Modelo commercial put it best, “When Stipe is not fighting in the Octagon, he is fighting fires”. I for one am ecstatic to see Stipe Miocic return to the octagon to fight and firmly believe we are in for a great scrap! I don’t believe the last fight between DC and Miocic was a fluke whatsoever, but I also don’t believe DC can replicate what he did last time.
This fight will be more of competitive, being more so of a chess match, I believe Miocic will take his time and try to utilize his distance better this time around. In my mind, I don’t have a clear winner, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t want Miocic to bring the championship back home with him Saturday night. We’ll have to tune in to find out!