Stipe Miocic was coming off a loss and wasn’t expected to pose much of a threat to Roy Nelson.
However, Miocic bruised and battered “Big Country” in the co-main event of UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson Saturday night, scoring a decision victory.
Asked if it was the biggest win of his career, Miocic replied “I think so. Would you think so?” to Joe Rogan.
Miocic (10-1) connected on 137 significant strikes, including 117 to the head of Nelson, who was expected to make a run at the UFC title with a win. Now, his future remains unknown, as this was the final fight on his contract.
For the 30-year-old Miocic, he said the win felt “fantastic. I just want to go home now, hang out with my family and friends.”
Nelson (19-8) is 6-4 in the UFC, with all four losses coming via decision.