Heavyweight Champ Miocic

Stipe Miocic, Heavyweight Champion of the World, visited Cleveland City Hall and was welcomed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson and members of Cleveland City Hall. Mayor Jackson presented a proclamation to Mr. Miocic for his many achievements and congratulated him on becoming the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Heavyweight Champion of the World as well as wishing him many more years of service and success.

Mr. Miocic fought his way to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World. Stipe earned the heavyweight title in a hard fought bout in Brazil against the former UFC champ, Fabricio Werdum. Stipe needed only two minutes and 47 seconds to knock out the former champ with a single punch (while moving backwards) to assume the heavyweight belt in the UFC 198 main event. Stipe became a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in 2010. His career record includes 15 wins and two losses, with twelve by knockouts. He has earned several UFC Fight Night Bonuses: three for Performance of the Night, one during the championship bout; two for Fight of the Night; and, one for Knockout of the Night.

Stipe is also a dedicated public servant who is employed as a firefighter and paramedic in the Valley View Fire Department. He hails from Independence, Ohio, but calls Cleveland his hometown. He is proud to be from the Cleveland area and attended Cleveland State University where he earned a degree in Communications and Marketing; was a Division I, nationally-ranked wrestler; and, played third base on the baseball team. He was also an accomplished high school athlete earning eight varsity letters in baseball, football and wrestling. Stipe’s work as a public servant and professional athlete deserves commendation.

Photographer: 
William C. Rieter